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Credly Releases Templates to Help Colleges and Universities Partner with Employers to Bridge the Education-to-Employment Gap


Credly, the leading digital credential platform, today announced the release of DIY templates to help colleges and universities design workforce-relevant digital credentials. Created to facilitate each step required to develop employer partnerships and build credentials linked to in-demand skills, the templates were prepared by credentialing experts with experience implementing employer partnerships with higher education institutions.

The DIY Template package contains 33 customizable templates and samples to enable higher education institutions to design digital credentials in partnership with employers for the skills and competencies that employers need.

Colleges can use templates like the Metadata Worksheet and the Mapping Meaning to Credentials document to deepen partnerships and integrate the competencies that employers are asking for into learning outcomes. By using the templates, higher education institutions can streamline the process of employer collaboration, reducing the time required to develop programs aligned with employer-demanded skills and competencies -- while also making it easier to recruit additional employer partners, improving workforce outcomes for students.

“There is increasing demand from both students and employers for higher education institutions to create credential programs that reflect the skills and competencies that are needed in the workforce, and to offer ways for students to share their knowledge with employers,” said Credly Founder and CEO Jonathan Finkelstein. “With our DIY Template package, it is easier than ever for colleges and universities to form partnerships with employers to guide the creation of new credential programs that lead to meaningful opportunities for their learners.”

With the release of its Employer Engagement Field Guide, Credly created the first model for partnering with employers to design digital credentials. Building on this model, the DIY Template package answers any remaining questions that Employer Engagement Field Guide readers may have by providing detailed templates demonstrating exactly how to design employer-driven credentials.

To learn more about the DIY Template package, please visit

About Credly

Credly is a leading digital credential service provider, helping the world recognize lifelong achievement with the most popular platforms for verifying, sharing, and managing digital credentials and badges. The enterprise-class system allows organizations to officially verify skills and competencies; distribute portable and secure digital credentials and open badges; and gain actionable data and insights. Thousands of education institutions, industry associations, employers and workforce development programs use Credly to make achievements visible.

Posted on Feb 01, 2018