A success story in the network of construction training centers Bâtiment CFA Normandie
With the aim of improving the integration of young people into the world of work, an innovative system has been set up in Normandy involving open and active dialogue with companies.
During the year, meetings are organized with companies on four separate occasions. These meetings provide an opportunity to discuss and promote the Open Badges approach. By asking companies about the skills they are looking for in young people beyond mere diplomas, a list of key skills has been drawn up.
The project focuses on a cohort of 1,600 young people, all enrolled in 16 different CAP (National Vocational Qualification level 1 et 2) courses. Each of these CAPs incorporates between 15 and 22 competencies from the standard repository, plus 3 to 5 additional competencies requested by companies, gathered during discussions with the peer group – mainly made up of companies.
An Open Badge referent has been trained in each CFA (apprentice training center). These referents are responsible for helping young people to communicate effectively about their skills, using tools created by and for them.
It is recognized that a certain percentage of these young people will not achieve their CAP level. To alleviate this problem, the system gradually validates their skills by awarding them Open Badges. These validations are carried out by both the trainer and the apprentice master, using dedicated software.
For each CAP, 24 to 26 micro-skills are identified. Once a young person has acquired them all, he or she is awarded a metabadge. This process runs in parallel with the diploma process. However, the added value of Open Badges is well recognized by young people, who highlight them on their CVs using a QR Code.
Every year, between 1,000 and 1,100 badges are requested by young people. In April, partner companies are consulted to identify which badges require upgrading. In December, it’s the young people’s turn to express their expectations in terms of badges.
Ultimately, the badges serve as KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) for the quality approach implemented. It’s an innovative way of monitoring and continually improving the professional integration of young people.
Source: Raphaël Harang, Digital Projects Manager at Bâtiment CFA Normandie, in an experience report to the Comité National des Acteurs des Badges Numériques in 2023.
Article written by Serge Ravet