Galway Technical Institute

KA2 Learning Lab for Adoption of Micro Qualifications in Vocational Education and Training - (LAB4microVET)

General Information

On June 16, 2022, the European Council (EU) adopted a recommendation on micro-credentials, recognizing their potential to enhance lifelong learning and employability in the European Union. Micro-credentials are small, focused, and stackable credentials that can be earned through formal and informal learning. They offer a flexible and accessible way for individuals to acquire new skills and knowledge, enabling them to adapt to the evolving demands of the labour market. 


However, there is a need for a standardized approach, ensuring that micro credentials are recognized and valued across EU member states.  A consortium of vocational and further education and training institutions from five European countries is embarking on a project to develop and pilot strategies for implementing micro-credentials in their respective education institutions. The project aims to enhance the understanding and uptake of micro-credentials among VET and FET institutions, to promote knowledge sharing, and to contribute to the development of a comprehensive European micro-credentials framework. 


GTI is proud to be one of the partners in this consortium, along with centres in Estonia, Denmark, France and Spain as well as Innowise - an Estonian organise which supports the professional development of adult educators.  The project seeks to support the development, implementation and recognition of micro-credentials across institutions, businesses, sectors and borders. It plans to develop effective strategies for delivering micro-credential courses and to create a system to integrate these courses into national education frameworks and adult training offerings.


This project is a valuable step towards achieving the EU's vision of a more flexible and responsive education system that empowers individuals to thrive in an increasingly dynamic labour market. By embracing micro-credentials, VET and FET institutions can play a pivotal role in equipping learners with the skills they need to succeed in the future of work.



  1. Explore effective strategies for delivery of micro-credential courses in VET education institutions of 5 partner countries
  2. Transfer knowledge and tools to accelerate micro-credentials delivery in vocational education institutions in the rest of Europe



  1. Project management
  2. Developing and piloting micro-credentials system in partner organisations
  3. Transferring knowledge and skills in a form that can be used by other education organisations


Planned Outputs and Benefits:

  1. Improved knowledge about micro-credential roll-out and strategic planning in the 5 partner organisations
  2. Strategies and piloted micro-credentials in the 5 partner organisations with proven viability
  3. Electronic e-toolkit with instructions and practical worksheets on how to plan and implement micro-qualification courses
  4. Raised awareness among stakeholders


Implementation Time:

01/10/2023 – 31/12/2025


VOCO (Tartu Vocational College), Estonia (lead partner)

GRETB (Galway Technical Institute), Ireland


Institut Escola del Treball, Spain

Zealand Business College, Denmark(DE)
OÜ Innowise, Estonia



Kaire Mets

Project coordinator