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Competency Management, Coordination and Responsibility in Slovenia

Magda Zupančič

Abstract


The purpose of this article is to highlight the importance of investments into
competencies. The identification of competencies should belong to the strategic
goals of any socially responsible society. The right competencies are a crucial
precondition for a functioning labour market in times of digitalisation and
technological changes: for good economic performance as well as to ensure
lifelong productive and inclusive individuals. Relevant skills and competencies
should respond to labour market needs as well as to economic requirements.
The approach to this study is linked to the practical deficiencies of ineffective
competency management in Slovenia and its consequences. The methodology
combines study of theoretical models and specific skill framework in selected
countries with chosen policies. The findings confirm that educational paths in
Slovenia are not aligned with the economy requirements. Competencies do not
correspond to actual industrial policy priorities. The article identifies the reality of
competency policy in Slovenia and governance gaps in comparison with EU and
OECD countries. It focuses on foreseen skills challenges and skills forecasting
needs. The article offers solutions and policies for better skills matching and
further reflections on more co-ordination and governance between educational
policies and competency requirements in the economy. One limitation of this study
is the variety of policies in countries, hindering the transferability. Nevertheless,
the article tackles skill and competency challenges, which are common in most
of the countries and require actions.


Keywords


competencies, skill mismatches, skill gap, industrial policy, forecasting

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