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Competence evaluation and training for Europe
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Synopsis The main policy focus of COMPETE is to contribute towards addressing problems associated with skills gaps that are constraining the drive towards European competitiveness and social cohesion. Five indicative ‘scenarios of use’ (see concept) are identified which incorporate key target user groups in typical settings. These exemplify problems of ‘skills gaps’ affecting labour mobility and economic competitiveness in the EU. The services provided for the five scenarios of use focus on the ‘COMPETE toolkit’.  This is comprised of the following:
  • Elicitation tools, to help users define their specific skills needs;
  • Diagnostic tools that make sense of the elicitation data (for example to conduct skills audits);
  • Representation tools to make the diagnostic outcomes meaningful (for example to produce a ‘skills profile’);
  • Decision analysis and support tools (for example to help users make a choice between job options);
  • A Data Warehouse, containing data on jobs, labour market information, on-line assessment systems, skills data;
  • User profiling and data mining tools, to match user needs to the information contained in the warehouse. 
The services would be delivered through the European Skills Development Network (Cullen 2001, pp. 4, 6f.).
Reference The conceptual background, methodology and implications of the COMPETE toolkit are set out in the conclusions of the final report (Cullen 2001, pp. 25-69). 
See also project info on COMPETE.
Descriptors D-CDO            
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