The GfA Spring conference 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 theme was ‘Socio-technical design for digital change - creative, innovative, meaningful.’ This represented an ideal opportunity to present a fresh view on competence management, drawing on public employment service (PES) experiences in EmployID and the German national project ‘ChampNet’ with differing perspectives from industrial production companies.
Christine Kunzmann & Andreas Schmidt discussed with the audience a revision of their competence management model (2016) based on key interventions in both projects. The model addresses key challenges, such as: (i) the trend towards personalisation 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 priorities from an all-encompassing competence catalogue towards a small set of hard-to-describe and experience-centred critical competences; and finally (iv) the role of deep 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 4.0 digitisation and industry.