Canadian Research Working Group

Research at Work...

Presentations have been made at provincial, national, and international conferences, describing our evaluation framework and some of the initial field-testing that has been done. These have been received enthusiastically and it seems to us that people in the field are eager to embrace the ideas and try to implement them in their work settings.

Assessment and Development of Competencies

This resource was developed under the Meeting Workplace Skill Needs project. This intervention involves formal career guidance or career counselling that helps employees to identify the competencies they have, identify the competencies they need to develop and explore venues for where those competencies can be put to good use. The Workplace Skills Assessment and Development process (unlike Prior Learning and Assessment-PLAR) focuses both on skills identification by looking to an individual’s past and present learning, and on skills development which has a focus on future career goals and future learning. The intervention consists of a number of skills assessment and development sessions (3 to 10 depending on the person) with significant personal work to be completed by the individual in between sessions. This intervention is delivered by a trained professional career counsellor.