Validation is a hot topic. I take part in many fora where this is being debated, says Ingegerd Green, CEO for Swedish Skärteknikcentrum AB.

One of the conclusions in the Nordic report on competence in a labour market perspective, is that the competence challenge exists on three levels which are all linked. Companies must take skills provision seriously by getting better at working strategically and structurally with skills development, and not waiting until the need arises – which is often the case today.

Individual workers must also take responsibility and think “what should my lifelong learning entail?” And last but not least, there is a need for a national competency policy with a competency policy strategy.

We need a far more holistic approach and cooperation in order to make the skills provision system work in a labour market perspective.

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