All jobs and working tasks demands compound competences. In general, competences consist of knowledge, skills and attitude. To accomplish practical working tasks, each employee have to implement and make use of a combination of these competences.
More specific, all jobs require two sets of skills:
- One is related to specific working tasks, named as technical or hard skills. These are acquired by education or at work.
- The other one is more generic and transferable skills asked for at all kinds of working tasks, so-called soft skills.
These skills have become the most sought-after skills in employment
today, and are reckoned as important key competences at all kinds of
The European Commission defines and understand key competences in this way:Key
competences represent a transferable, multifunctional package of
knowledge, skills and attitudes that all individuals need for personal
fulfilment and development, inclusion and employment.
This course, “Key Competences at Work”, have focus on soft skills. In general, these competences are characterized as personal and interpersonal skills.
Modern working life emphasize skills in for instance communication
skills, to work autonomous and independent, use of ICT and internet and
to cooperate with fellow employees. In a multicultural society and
workplaces, inclusiveness and tolerance is valued for all. These skills
are relevant for lifelong learning and for adjustment of your
competences in an every changing labor market. All of us have these
skills to some degree. However, some employees with weaknesses in this
competences can improve their skills through training, professional
development or mentoring from someone who understands these unique
Organizing the courses at workplaces:
courses must be relevant and flexible, both in content (selection among
different topics) and in how they are delivered (as part-time, flexible
hours, spontaneous mentoring, convenient location, distant learning,
open/free access etc).