RECTEC transversal skills card + handbook – Identifying transversal skills for employability and certifications

RECTEC approach and outputs have been aimed at promoting employability by identifying transversal skills and matching them with professional certifications. Coordinated by the Académie de Versailles (France), it brought together actors from the field of professional training and integration from Belgium, France and Luxembourg.

INSUP – France took part in the experimentation phase.

The RECTEC project is an answer to the need of workers from the fields of education, training, certification and career exploration to have assessment tools with both qualitative gradings and correspondence with the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)*. This need comes from the principles guiding the securing of career paths, according to which a graded system allows for a better visualization of one’s positioning and/or progress.

RECTEC’s main challenge is to create and put to use a competency reference guide that would be common to the whole system of actors working in the professional training and integration fields. Graded skill proficiency scales allow us to acknowledge partially mastered skills and to identify those to be developed to reach EQF’s level 2, 3 or 4.

The elaboration of this reference guide is based on the work of AEFA France* (European Agenda for Adult Learning) which developed an approach that included and graded skills from both the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)* and the Key Competences for lifelong learning. Particular attention is paid to the so-called “basic” skills, which are named and integrated in the transversal skills. The logic of progression follows an approach by situations, promoting links between experience, activities and skills on one side, and factual and guided self-assessment by beneficiaries on the other.

Skills are also calibrated using two other criteria defined in the EQF: autonomy and responsibility, at levels corresponding with activities and jobs from the first four levels of the EQF.

The evaluation framework identifies 12 transversal competences and among them « Using digital resources ».

  • Ability to research or produce information and to sort it autonomously to achieve a certain goal;
  • Capacity to adapt to new digital environments;
  • Ability to use basic functions on a computer, a smartphone, an email service and collaborative tools.

The RECTEC general competency reference guide is valid for all professional sectors and was deployed in various contexts and aimed at different publics. Four main finalities were aimed at in these experiments:

Career exploration

  • Training
  • Certification
  • Hiring and human resources management

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RECTEC + :  The need to continue work on levels 5 to 8 of the European Qualifications Framework quickly became apparent in order to provide tools for the objectification and characterisation of these skills throughout life.

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