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Tacit forms of key competences for changing employment
Concept Findings Practice Challenge
Synopsis The outcomes of the project have led to two major conclusions:

(1) The extraordinary importance of tacit key competences for being able to focus on an occupation so far unknown to job-seekers has been firmly established through the project. Therefore it is strongly recommended to strengthen the consideration which is given to tacit forms of key competences in CVT courses for the target group, but even for CVT courses carried through for other students. In order to achieve the mentioned improvement of CVT courses, especially for the unemployed and other job seekers, the - initial and continuing – training of trainers and teachers has to be changed, especially by making them aware of the large potential of tacit key competences of their CVT students.

(2) Measures have to be designed in order to raise the esteem of tacit key competences in the labour market.  Necessary are vigorous initiatives aiming at informing labour market agencies, employers’ associations, employers and trade unions about the importance of tacit key competences and the human resources which remain untapped when neglecting them. Apart from these general initiatives a strong means for raising the
esteem of tacit key competences in the labour market appears to be to strengthen the move towards identification, assessment and recognition of competences acquired through nonformal learning (Heidegger et al. 2000a, pp. 178, 179, 180f.).

Reference Lessons from the project including challenges for both politics and research are discussed in chapter 8 of the final report (Heidegger et al. 2000a, pp. 171-191). 
See also project info on TACITKEY.
Descriptors D-CDO  D-CVT          
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