Online Learning Update

June 5, 2017

Should There Be a Universal Skills Measurement System?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

by Lauren Dixon, Talent Economy

And as talent becomes more of a focal point for businesses looking to acquire competitive advantage, should there be a more universal system for defining and tracking workers’ skills, instead of focusing on jobs? Credly, for its part, uses badges to display skills earned. Formal assessments are one way that talent can gain badges, or a manager can follow a defined rubric when issuing various badges internally. Finkelstein said a universal system like this means the employer would rely less on self-reporting of skills proficiency from candidates. Employers would also be able to focus on the skills needed for a job, rather than college degrees acquired, which don’t necessarily indicate one’s ability to perform in the business world. Job descriptions could also be more focused on skills and be more searchable than they currently are. A combination of these factors would make it easier to source talent both externally and internally, Finkelstein said.

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