Working Cooperatively with Employers and Students to Develop a Critical Competencies and Skills Assessment Tool
HBO Netherlands Association of Universities of Professional Education
Community Services, Education and Social Sciences
Communications and Multimedia
This paper presents the findings of a cooperative research project between the authors and local employers in Western Australia. The project aimed to produce a critical competencies and skills assessment tool for students in work-based learning situations which was: 1. Seen to be of value to employers; and 2. Applicable across disciplines and different work sites. The tool has the potential to be web-based and employers' assessments can be compiled as a portfolio for the individual student. In the next phase of this research students will be encouraged to produce a work competencies portfolio using the critical competencies and skills assessment tool that will encompass casual and voluntary employment and add value to all work-related experience throughout the entire duration of their tertiary studies.
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