The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in the UK have expressed concern about the need to assess the competence of staff coming from other countries inside the EU to Britain to work. Currently only workers from outside the EU are checked to see that they have the same standards as UK staff.
Employers must ensure that any individual performing a task has the competence to do so without putting the health and safety of themselves or others at significant risk.
The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) describe competence as “the combination of training, skills, experience and knowledge that a person has and their ability to apply them to perform a task safely. Other factors, such as attitude and physical ability, can also affect someone’s competence.”
Competency management is an approach that ensures that an organisation has the human skills required to meet its business objectives effectively, efficiently and safely. This can be the ability to use a certain application, tool or machine or knowledge of the correct practice to achieve a goal.
Interviews usually concentrate on your experience or previous qualifications. However competence questions are becoming increasingly common. A competency based interviewer wants to know whether you have the right skills to take the position.
Over the last few years software to help organisations organise and manage the skill set of employees has emerged. Although still a small market, the number of available systems is increasing. Many organisations have found that the software has become an invaluable tool for recording, managing and reporting on staff competence. Continue reading “Are you confident about the accuracy of your competency data?”…
You might be familiar with certain interview types, for example telephone interviews or group interviews, but have you ever heard of competency-based interviews? Find out what they are and how to approach one.
Whether you are an employer looking to ensure your organisation is in good health or an employee looking to improve their working practices, salary or job, competencies are a vital part of achieving these.
Being perceived as competent in what you do is one of the best ways to gain respect, achieve promotion and attract new customers and clients.
A knowledgeable, skilled and well-trained workforce is critical to a company’s success. Improving competencies allows an organisation to remain adaptable and competitive, ultimately contributing to increased productivity and greater revenue.
A competency framework is a structure that sets out and defines each individual competence required by employees. A defined set of competencies for each role in a business shows workers the kind of job requirements, qualifications and behaviours that the organisation values, and those it requires to help achieve its objectives. Continue reading “What is a Competency Framework?”…
Annual conference organised by Opito in Abu Dhabi. The aim of OSCC is to bring operators, contractors and the supply chain together with training organisations to provide a forum for improving standards of safety and competency that protect the workforce and the industry’s reputation.