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Developing core skills – lessons from Germany and Sweden

David Gibbons‐Wood (David Gibbons‐Wood is a Research Assistant at the Centre for International Labour Market Studies (CILMS), The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK.)
Thomas Lange (Thomas Lange is Grampian Chair in Public Policy and Academic Director at the Centre for International Labour Market Studies (CILMS), The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK.)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 1 February 2000

Abstract

Examines the experiences of Germany and Sweden in their attempts to develop core skills and key competencies among trainees and young employees. Particular attention is devoted to vocational training as a promising school‐to‐work transition process, which stimulates and supports the development of core skills. Some case study material (Germany) and relevant policy responses (Sweden) have also been used to go beyond mere theoretical considerations and to provide some practical help and guidance when it comes to defining, implementing, assessing and administering the concepts of core skills and key competencies. In particular, the paper highlights the importance of employer enthusiasm in the development and delivery of core skills.

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Gibbons‐Wood, D. and Lange, T. (2000), "Developing core skills – lessons from Germany and Sweden", Education + Training, Vol. 42 No. 1, pp. 24-32. https://doi.org/10.1108/00400910010317077

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