Transversal Competencies are competencies that are transferable between jobs. They are the ones that people used to call experience, some people have called them ‘soft skills’ or ’emotional intelligence’.
They are not job and sector-specific skills.
The acquisition and measurement of Transversal Competencies mean that you can move from a career in marketing in the building sector to a job in counselling in Africa. I agree that is a radical move!
However, the non-job specific competencies in communication, grit, understanding diversity, working in teams, using information from diverse sources etc., may also be key competencies in this new context.
What are Transversal Competencies?
- Critical and Innovative Thinking
- Critical Thinking
- Innovative Thinking
- Application Skills
- Reflective Thinking
- Presentation Skills
- Reasoned Decision-Making
- Organisational Skills
- Interpersonal Skills
- Global Citizenship
- Respect for Diversity
- Intercultural Understanding
- Ability To Resolve Conflicts
- Civic Participation
- Physical and Psychological Health
- Respect for the Environment
- Healthy Lifestyle
- Physical Fitness
Why is this relevant?
It is relevant because the world is moving very fast and formal learning and training are not meeting the needs of people who need to re-skill in their working lives quickly due to the changes the Fourth Industrial Revolution creates.
People are therefore turning to informal learning to acquire the skills and competencies they need. However, because we still look towards CVs and formal certification these valuable, job-qualifying skills and competencies are not recognised and cannot be measured. So, they do not help job seekers or employers to find each other.
In the changing job market with as much as 50% of the newly created jobs in the next ten years (McKinsey), not even known yet, we get a phenomenon called The Skills Gap.
In simple terms, this is the imbalance between labour supplied and labour demanded expressed as skills and competencies.
The Skills Gap is recognised by the OECD, UNESCO, the UN and most governments. It causes huge economic and commercial damage and much unnecessary human misery. It is now estimated to total at least $10 trillion in the next ten years.
How can a different type of measurement solve this problem?
At the moment we only measure a fraction of a person’s formal learning and none of their informal competencies. 80% of learning is not formal this means we are losing perhaps 90% of the data.
If we were able to capture the complete picture of someone’s competencies and relate it to the job market we would have a solution to The Skills Gap, would we not?
If we could say what a person could actually do not what they have done in the past we would have a better idea of their capability today?
If we could predict how a person would react in the future or what their past formal learning meant in terms of ‘I can do’ statements we might find reasons to interview them?
This is a complex problem and one that needs new concepts to understand learning, competency assessment and data matching.
We need a fluid granular assessment model which adapts to needs intelligently with artificial intelligence and eventually in the blockchain. We need to change the way we measure learning and the way we look at job descriptions. We need to measure things that we have never been able to measure, quantitively.
But, if we could do all this on a global scale for a small cost we could make a huge impact, wouldn’t we? This type of measurement of competencies is also the key to an education revolution.
What is the Solution?
At Vivagogy we have developed the answers to these questions and with new types of measurements at a micro-atomic level which enables this kind of granular assessment needed.
We are developing a way to measure data in a fluidly intelligent way at a micro-atomic level which we call fluidDatamodelling. This can be delivered free because of an innovative business model online and to everybody’s cell phone. By automating the assessment of skills and competencies and, making them a trusted source for individuals and employers we can solve The Skills Gap. If you imagine that LinkedIn does very little in terms of measurements but still have more than 562 million users – you will see the potential.
The product outcomes are solutions for the following problems in business:
- The Skills Gap
- Accurate Recruitment
- Staff Churn Solution
- Modern Performance Development
- Individual Learning Paths
- Measuring Informal Learning
- Measuring Company Culture
- Assessing and selection with CVs
Our ultimate goal is to deliver our solution in a Blockchain Competency Index which creates a Global Skills or Competency Index. In this way, we will be able to solve a major business problem of how to put the major expenditure on the P&L for staff development ontoThe Balance Sheet as an asset. This innovation would change the global valuation of companies with two years.
The product outcomes are solutions for the following problems in education:
- Teacher workload
- Student motivation
- Measuring Informal Learning
- Producing learning content
- Career Guidance
- Measuring Transversal Competencies
- Curriculum Assessment
We believe it will be the key to creating an Education Revolution because the new EU law and the adoption of Transversal Competencies in more than half the world will make formal learning adopt the new standards – but it has no way of assessing them!
Transversal Competencies are a new global human currency which going to be embedded in curricula all over the world very shortly!