Dynamics of changes that new technologies bring to the world of labor, as well as social change, point to the need for developing competencies for the achievement of new jobs and occupations, but also the development of competencies to accept and adapt to newly emerged changes.
Competencies and skills that can be applied in a variety of personal and professional roles, are marked as “transversal skills”. They are acquired throughout whole life, starting from early childhood through formal education, or other forms of education (such as reading, social activities, professional activities and life in general). Development of transversal skills is coherent with goals of the European Union in terms of larger occupational mobility and increasing employment through entrepreneurship activities. In addition, the development of these skills is compatible with the concept of lifelong learning as one of the governing principles the European Union.
In educational practice in Serbia, transversal skills are recognized through general and cross-curricular competencies. Those are: competences for lifelong learning, communication, working with data and information, digital competence, problem solving, collaboration, responsible participation in a democratic society, a responsible attitude towards health, responsible attitude towards the environment, aesthetic competence, enterprising and orientation towards entrepreneurship. Perceived in this way, competence are beyond the scope of traditional school subjects and they engage school knowledge in preparation of students to be competitive and functional, in the present and future educational and professional scope, and to competently and actively pursue their civic roles.
The task within the thematic working group related to transversal skills includes modernization of education and training, in a way that implies inclusion of a large number of skills into curriculum, that can facilitate and speed up the process of entering the labor market. In addition, most of the attention will be focused on entrepreneurship, the use of information and communication technology and language knowledge.
Assignment of Serbia representatives in this thematic working group is to participate at organized meetings and workshops which are aimed at sharing of experiences among the countries participating in the working group, and information on the best ways to include transversal skills in formal education policy.
Elected representatives of the Republic of Serbia in the Open Method of Coordination in Education and Training who participate in this working group are Gordana Čaprić, representative of the Institute for Education Quality and Evaluation, and Irena Latinović, representative of the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit.