Competencies are all the rage. They have to be developed and ‘measured’, independently of whether or not they were called ‘qualifications’ only yesterday or might be labeled ‘talents’ tomorrow. The definitions and understandings of ‘competencies’ vary greatly.
At the GAB München we focus on the individual and their personal developments as well as centering their own learning methods (also those related to employment). The GAB München sees competencies as individual capabilities that may well relay on knowledge, abilities and skills, but only really becomes a competency if the individual is able to use these in open, complex and challenging situations. The development of competencies therefore implies the ability to learn through concrete and challenging situations in and individual and adequate way. And also the assessment or rather: the definition of competencies should follow qualitative and empirical criteria rather than quantitative, knowledge and value oriented principles. It is in this sense that we support companies and organizations in their competence management.