Role in Project:

Work package 4 leader, and support in WP2 NC Skills framework development and evaluation – acquisition methods analysis.

Your team in this project:

Within the WP4 that I lead, I work closely with Paul O’ Raw from Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), but I also work in continuous relation with the WP2 and WP3 team, namely the leader Luis Fernandez-Sanz from the University of Alcala (Spain), Mary Cleary from DMC Metrix (Ireland) and Katrien Vander Kuylen from Everis (Belgium).  Not least, I successfully work together with the internal FPM team members like Federica Cirilli, business analyst and digital competence designer in ICT-enabled initiatives, and Stefano Sanna, teaching assistant with practice in semantic methodologies in architectural design.

FPM team gathers varied experties that reflect how the valorisation of the competence is a cross-disciplinary experience. Sensitiveness to the human space, ways of living and shaping the aggregation and the relationship with others; innovative scenarios opened and enabled by information and communication technologies;  integration of technical and humanistic approaches to pursue the metacognitive process of modeling, growing competences and self-awareness. All these are the components we bring for an organic and multi-competence approach to this project.

Why do you like this project?

The competence is a complex concept. It is a logic and terminological artifice to interpret the complex nature of human beings and their way to grow, live and act in the world along the life.

I like this project as it addresses the most ill-defined part of behaviors and non-cognitive skills, and it untiringly aims at making a step further in finding a pragmatic way to make them more visible and make individuals head towards them more consciously.

What are the challenges you will be facing to complete your tasks in this project?

The complexity is not only in the term “competence” and its meaning, but even more in the way we can find to recognise the soft part of it, keeping in mind its multi-facet nature, and nurture it in ourselves and in the others. It will be challenging to measure and give it visibility without falling into the trap of simplification and labeling.

What do you hope to achieve in this project?

Capitalise on the past experiences and good practices existing on soft skills frameworks and validation; take advantage of the high level of expertise brought by this project partnership and the existing technology, and make a good step further towards a pragmatic system, easy to use, able to keep pace with our global world, but especially able to help individuals empower and leverage on their own non cognitive skills, whatever they aim to achieve in their life.

Previous projects:

I’ve worked in the field of competence valorisation for many years. The main past projects that I see as a continuing path towards SKILLSMATCH are: the Certification of non-formal and informal learning of volunteers based on the regional Decree 9380/2012 (ATTITUDE project, 2014); two european funded projects on soft and transversal competences validation (LEVER, 2014-2016 and LEVER UP, 2017-2019); the development of qualification paths on digital competences based on the eCF 3.0 standard (eCF COUNCIL, 2015 – 2018).

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