Working Cooperatively with Employers and Students to Develop a Critical Competencies and Skills Assessment Tool
HBO Netherlands Association of Universities of Professional Education
Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences
School of 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.