Glossary term: Key competency

Any of several generic skills or competencies considered essential for people to participate effectively in the workforce. Key competencies apply to work generally, rather than being specific to work in a particular occupation or industry. The Finn Report (1991) identified six key areas of competence which were subsequently developed in the Mayer Report (1992) into seven key competencies:

  • collecting, analysing and organising information;
  • communicating ideas and information;
  • planning and organising activities;
  • working with others and in teams;
  • using mathematical ideas and techniques;
  • solving problems; 
  • using technology.

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