New Initiative Badge the UK Connects Talent to Potential Employers Using Mozilla Open Badges.

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Thursday 4 July will see the launch of Badge The UK, a new initiative that will enable young people to demonstrate their skills and talents to potential employers using Mozilla Open Badges – an open source set of code buildings blocks launched by Mozilla in 2011 to allow anyone, even with minimal computer programming experience, to underline their own and others’ achievements, be they educational, entrepreneurial, or artistic. Since 2011, the badges have been adapted for internal use by NASA and Disney-Pixar in the US.

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Produced by DigitalMe with support from Nominet Trust, Badge the UK is aimed at young people in particular. Today learning happens everywhere and the skills learned outside of the formal curriculum are just as important to employers as qualifications. Use of digital badges will help teachers, employers and social enterprises to badge their learning programs and provide an easy way for any teacher to award the badges they create nationwide.

The badges will highlight the achievement of a range of skills that young people develop through real-life learning projects, after-school clubs and outside experiences, all of which are important to employers in today’s digital world, but aren’t recognized by traditional qualifications.

Through a partnership with Makewaves, every young person will be provided with an Open Badge portfolio page to help them share their achievements with employers and colleges. A ‘badge store’ will be created to host badges along with a leader board and badge ratings.

Badge the UK partners, be they employers, colleges, universities or charities will all be able to launch their badges to a network over close to 10,000 teachers and directly to young people. A badge design toolkit will be provided to help organizations design badges which match their skills needs.

Because the project is built upon an open source standard any organization will be able to build a solution themselves to issue or display their own badges.
Sharing these competencies online will help young people to demonstrate their skills and increase their employability profile and life chances. The initiative will also allow employers to quickly identify learners who can solve complex and novel problems through teamwork, creativity and the use of digital technology.

Tim Riches, CEO of DigitalMe, says, “We were very excited when Mozilla launched their Open Badges in 2011, because we saw such clear potential in adapting the badges to help bridge the gap between traditional qualifications and valuable work and life skills that young people obtain beyond the classroom. We spent the last two years developing Badge the UK, and are grateful for the support form Nominet Trust that made it possible.”

Erin Knight, Senior Director of Learning, Mozilla, says, “we could not be more pleased that Mozilla Open Badges are being adapted for such a valuable and relevant cause. Badge the UK will enable young people in the UK to demonstrate their skills online and employers to have a way of finding out and understanding those skills easily. We are very proud that DigitalMe have chosen Mozilla Open Badges for their project.”

Badge The UK will be launched at the Mozilla HQ in London on Thursday 4 July, when more announcements will be made.

For more information please visit:
http://www.digitalme.co.uk/badgetheuk
http://www.digitalme.co.uk/badgetheuklaunch
Twitter: #badgetheuk @BadgeTheUK
Tim Riches twitter @triches

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Badge The UK co-design day pictures from Mozilla offices uk
http://www.flickr.com/photos/68346577@N02/sets/72157632547596165/

About Badge the UK

Today learning happens everywhere and the skills learned outside of the formal curriculum are just as important to employers as qualifications. Badge the UK is a new project which will enable learners to demonstrate all their achievements using digital badges.

Funded by Nominet Trust, over the next two years we will be helping teachers, employers and social enterprises to badge their learning programs and provide an easy way for any teacher to award the badges they create nationwide.
http://www.digitalme.co.uk/badgetheuk/

About DigitalMe

DigitalMe help young people gain skills and confidence through new technology. We co-design new ways to develop, assess and reward the competencies learners need to thrive in work and life.