Small events with a large reach 2017 (6/7): Basic skills and competences of the employed – messages from employers to policy-makers and professionals
The education system must adapt to the demand for knowledge of advanced work!
In the introductory statement, Tanja Skaza, the director of Skaza Smart Plastic, reminded everyone that work in the future will be shaped by three factors – automation, globalization and cooperation. The key will therefore be digital competences, but a change in mindset to support different concepts of cooperation will also be necessary. Old competences (excellent manual skills, knowledge of machines and materials, etc.) will become obsolete, people will have to be able to identify trends, practice analytical thinking as well as know and co-create consumer needs, etc. “We expect these new forms of knowledge from young people and we will provide them with the experience,” she explained about the complementary roles of younger and more senior employees. Both must gain something from it and the collaboration must be based on mutual respect. Tanja says it all starts with yourself. Learning and permanent exchange of views with the coaches are the cornerstones of her work. Most of the work she does is what she really believes in. It is probably needless to say that she expects nothing less from her colleagues.
We need employees who are ready to learn!
Vocational competences are almost easier to obtain than those soft, personal ones.
Too much “babying” is not helpful, you have to face facts and take action!
Other participants attended the thematic discussions depending on which topics were emphasized. The director of the School Centre Velenje told us, that the education sector is aware of the need for changes. The curriculum allows them to adapt up to 20% of the educational content to each class, almost on an individual level, and potential employers also have a say in this. Peter Apat learned firsthand that formal training with no practical work experience does not guarantee the successful entry into the labour market. Elido Bandelj, director of the Centre for Vocational Education and Training, pointed out the need for the coordinated work of educators, employers as well as the Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Craft and Small Businesses for the common good of all, especially young adult participants of the vocational education and training. The latter must provide broad profiles, which will not only be able to read data, but also develop a deeper understanding of things. But it is not only jobs that are changing, the methods of work are also changing. The public organization Public Utility Company of Velenje is increasingly deviating from its core activities on to the market, which increases the need for different skills and approaches, since dealing with people is in the forefront. Good interpersonal skills and competences are especially important in the Retirement Home Velenje. The work here can quickly change from a profession into a mission, the appropriate competences are now already taught to children in primary and secondary schools with which they cooperate.
At the end of the event Tanja Skaza told us, based on her own life throughout which she worked in many different jobs, from being a waitress, a saleswoman, to being the director of Zlatarna Celje and her current job, that: “Everyone with a spark in their eyes can succeed.” At 19 it dawned on her during a visit to Invel, the incubator for entrepreneurship, after which she joined the adult education programme. But the decisive factors were her tenacity, desire to learn and determination to succeed.
Behind the scenes of the Velenje event there was a clear structure skillfully led by their directress, Brigita Kropušek Ranzinger, by interchangeably inviting individual members to speak at different thematic discussions. While here and there the structure got a bit blurry, so to the untrained eye it might have seemed as though the mosaic of key learnings just happened on its own. Its purpose was not only to create different views of the connection between employment and education, but to deal with the field of personal development and active citizenship. The education of employees turned on its head – masterful!
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Zvonka Pangerc Pahernik, MA (firstname.lastname@example.org), Slovenian Institute for Adult Education
Zvonka Pangerc Pahernik works at the Slovenian Institute for Adult Education in the field of promotional and information activities. She is the national coordinator for the implementation of the European Agenda on Adult Learning. She is interested in effective promotional approaches and promotion of cooperation and connecting of stakeholders in adult education.