The GfA Spring conferences brings together researchers from the field of occupational sciences and a growing number of adjacent disciplines. This year, taking place at FHNW in Brugg-Windisch, Switzerland, the conference had the motto Socio-technical design for digital change - creative, innovative, meaningful. This represented an ideal fit for presenting a fresh view on competence management, drawing from public employment services' experiences in EmployID and the German national project ChampNet with perspective from industrial production companies.
Christine Kunzmann & Andreas Schmidt have discussed with the audience a revision of their competence management model from 2016 based on the interventions in both projects. It addresses key challenges, such as (i) the trend towards personalization of competence development, (ii) the resulting shift from efficiency for large number of employees to effectiveness for specific topics and areas, (iii) the shift of prioritities from an all-encompassing competence catalogue towards a small set of hard-to-describe and experience-centered critical competences, and finally (iv) the role of deeper learning, particularly with respect to professional identity transformation. The contribution was well received and complemented perspectives on how to shape change in the light of digitization and industry 4.0.