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Create digital badges and learning pathways
Help learners articulate the skills, knowledge and experience they develop through your activities.
Digital badges explained
A digital badge is a smart, simple, and visual way of recognising non-accredited learning.
It helps the learner to understand what skills they have developed, and lets them share their achievement on their CV or on social media.
The RSA has created a badging standard to help learners progress on their learning journey.
Endorsed by City & Guilds, the badging standard has four layers, each with a specific purpose:
This shows that a learner has gathered information and experienced a topic. For example, they attended a careers fair, exhibition or an open day.
This shows that a learner has interacted with learning and joined in. For example, they attended a workshop, training or club.
This shows that a learner has applied knowledge in a real world environment to gain experience and get feedback. For example, they took part in a competition, work experience or project.
This shows that a learner has embedded knowledge in different contexts and influenced others. For example, they joined an ambassador or leadership programme.
Learning pathways explained
A pathway helps a learner to progress through the steps needed to reach a goal. Each step on a pathway will feature a digital badge.
The goal of our programme is to:
- work with place-based leaders to identify existing learning pathways
- design new pathways that connect learners to employment opportunities and beyond.
Create a digital badge
Sign up to a membership with Badge Nation to start creating badges.
Anyone can create a badge, or series of badges, including:
- training providers
- creative and cultural organisations
- charities and voluntary sector organisations.
Membership packages last for one year, with the option to renew.
Starting from £200 (plus VAT) a year, the cost of membership depends on how many:
- badges you want to create
- learners you want to offer your badges to each year.
Create a badge collection
Support other organisations to create badges and build an ecosystem of badges that addresses your goals. This could:
- increase participation in a portfolio of projects
- make opportunities, like apprenticeships, more attractive to learners
- create progression pathways for learners.