Belfast Metropolitan College recently unveiled ARISE, its new £1.12 million European digital construction project which is designed to change the face of delivery and recognition of sustainable energy skills in the construction sector. ARISE’s mission is to support the twin transition of the construction sector and to contribute to the European Recovery and Resilience Plans 2021-2027.
ARISE will revolutionise the learning process by monetising skills development and learning exchange with a digital system based on skills recognition rather than accreditation. The training and transaction system developed by the project will reward learners as they achieve competence at a certain level with the crypto currency for skills exchange CERTcoin – the innovative currency of skills and learning of the construction sector embracing today’s digital transformation benefits.
This reward, based on skills and time credits, will be stored in an Individual Learning Account and can be used as digital points accumulation, for example in a skills barometer or for exchanging it into valid certificates. It will be an easier-accessible, less time-consuming and still competitive way to up-skill the industry, as well as the market demand side such as public administration, clients and owners.
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