Competence and Skills Modelling for European HR and Policies : Bridging Business, Education and Training towards a harmonized Competence Structure and Standard for Human Resources Development and Vocational Education and Training

University of Duisburg-Essen, Information Systems for Production and Operations Management, Institute for Computer Science and Business Information Systems, 45141 Essen, Germany
Stracke, Christian M.

This paper will summarize the potential use cases and impacts of competences and skills in the new area, often called "Digital Age": It will highlight the roles and benefits of standards and metadata for HR development and points out the special support that competence models can provide for the quality development in learning, education, and training.
In this regard, the main characteristics of this innovative approach called competence modelling and its relevance in vocational education and training (VET) can only be summarized. A general competence model with a standardized competence structure and taxonomy of levels is introduced and discussed for the general application scenarios and for the specific use cases in vocational education and training.
It can be shown that competence modelling and the presented competence model lead to an improvement of the working places, of the organizational and individual development, to an increase of the mobility worldwide as well as to a higher transparency and Competence and Skills Modelling for European HR and Policies 13 recognition of competences and skills. Finally leading European initiatives on competence modelling are introduced and the current standardization activities are highlighted.


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