Ensuring the workforce has the full range of necessary skills is a pressing concern for educators and employers. To this end, increasing attention is being given to non-cognitive competencies such as attitudes, traits, and motivational characteristics.
The symposium Soft Skills Assessment: Applications and Opportunities in the Talent Lifecycle will look at non-cognitive assessments in such areas as talent identification and development, career management, credentialing, and badging, where the interest in soft skills appears to be increasing. The panel will consist of OPP Chairman Robert McHenry, OPP CEO Penny Moyle and chair John Weiner, PSI Services LLC. They will give brief individual presentations before discussing key topics and inviting attendees to ask questions. The aim is to provide an overview of how personality and other non-cognitive assessments can inform the talent development cycle, and to discuss emerging applications of soft skills assessments.
For the session Badging the Skills Gap — Unlocking the Emerging Jobs Economy, Robert joins Pearson Vue’s Mark Mercury to look at Open Badges and their potential for transforming the job market. Critical job skills are in short supply amongst candidates for entry-level positions. The gap can be closed by embracing the opportunities provided by digital credentials and Open Badges based on reliable and objective EU labour market information and cloud-based data analytics. This will result in increased transparency and will establish trusted communication between employers, jobseekers and education providers.
Both events take place on the morning of the 24th. They are just two of the many events at this year’s conference.