Within all levels of the education sector, the concept of ‘micro-credentials’ is being considered. Its application at the high school level, among the VET community and within tertiary institutions would provide a way of assessing and certifying skills and competencies in a specific/narrow area of study – thereby providing a recognised credential. This week we look at a Request for Proposal issued by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment seeking suppliers from Australian Tertiary education institutions to develop Industry-led micro-credentials.
These courses are intended primarily for delivery online and to offshore students however they should allow for domestic students and for a blended mode delivery and represent a maximum duration of three months equivalent full-time study. It is important to note that the Commonwealth intends to own the intellectual property rights in the micro-credentials developed through this procurement.
As an RFP, this is the first stage of a two-stage procurement process, where the second stage, if necessary will be a Request For Tender (RFT) open only to Respondents shortlisted from the RFP by the Department. The Department is seeking to develop up to 43 micro-credentials through this program, in the event where applications are received by multiple Respondents for a substantially similar micro-credential, the procurement will proceed to stage 2 RFT. Otherwise, Respondents could potentially proceed to contract directly through this Stage 1 RFP. First contracts are intended to be issued by the end of July 22
This RFP closes on Wednesday, 18 May with no industry briefing intended.