May 25, 2015 News Keine Kommentare

Qualification of the future is competency-based

The days of „one-fits-all“ are over

“Traditional“ qualification often addresses an urgent operational business problem. That indicators like “too high expenses” or “lacking quality” are sometimes related to shortcomings in human recourses development has often been disregarded. Depending on the existent level of knowledge, regularly offered “one-fits-all“-trainings have under- or over-challenged the participants. This has often led to dissatisfaction of participants with training programmes and a low added value for individuals and business. If everything went well, success could be measured only towards the solution of the urgent operational problem – if everything went well. Not very sustainable. In times, when working minutes where not yet weighed up in gold, companies could still afford this type of qualification.


Intelligent and individual formats are in demand

Today we find a different picture. Especially experienced employees, subject matter experts and those at leadership positions have little time to spare and rarely participate in qualification programmes. At the same time, companies face an increasing number of young professionals and career changers with widely differing profiles and experiences whose individual needs cannot be met with standardized qualification programmes. The following is valid for both target groups: The need to adapt competencies in a more and more volatile working environment increases steadily and exceeds the need to solve specific operational problems by far.

The solution is: to implement modern qualification concepts that can be tailored to the needs of each individual, and that ideally can be accessed directly from the workplace and on-demand.


Competencies define the content of qualifications

Qualification concepts of the future should therefore consist of nuggets and modules which target the building and development of competencies, rather than addressing specific questions and problems. One should thereby ensure to offer one qualification unit or module for each competency. Whether to address awareness, knowledge or skills in the fields of personal, social or methodical competencies is put into focus of the qualification by the learner and his or her individual needs.

A competency assessment examines where exactly individual needs for capacity development exist, and this need will then be met according to the situation and customized to the individual. Everyone participates in only such qualification programmes that address an individual need. This is efficient, effective and sustainable. And it makes sense.


Link: Definition “Competency-based qualification“

Link: An example used by the German company Trumpf

Written by Carina Fligge