Realizing employment goals for youth through digital badges: lessons and opportunities from workforce development


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Author: Spaulding, Shayne; Johnson, Martha


Low-income youth and youth of color face challenges in the labor market, including persistent discrimination, disconnection from school and work, and difficult-to-navigate credentialing options. At the same time, employers report difficulty identifying qualified entry-level candidates. Digital badges - credentials that can be shared online and contain documentation of learning - offer a potential solution to this disconnect by better communicating the skills youth attain and employers value. The use of digital badges to realize youth workforce goals has been limited. We draw lessons for...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Disadvantaged; Technology; Employment; Workforce development

Keywords: Youth transitions; Discrimination; Skill standardisation; Educational innovation; Educational indicator; Microcredentials

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: Washington, District of Columbia: Urban Institute, 2016

Physical description: iv, 29 p.

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Resource type: Report, paper or authored book

Document number: TD/TNC 129.510

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