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Abstract

This Report presents the results and conclusions of the COMPETE project. COMPETE is a trans-national project funded by the European Commission, under the �Targeted Socio-Economic Research Programme�. The project represents a collaboration between research, academic, public sector and commercial partners � all of whom have an interest in skills, how to define them and how to apply and accredit them. COMPETE is essentially about three things: Firstly, it has a research agenda. By carrying out field work (such as case studies of innovative skills development and training), and by consulting key stakeholders (such as employers and trades unions); COMPETE aims to improve our understanding of skills and how they can be applied. Secondly, COMPETE feeds the results of this research into the development and testing of practical tools to define, assess and represent skills, with particular reference to the use of new technologies (such as �portable skills cards�). Thirdly, COMPETE promotes trans-European partnerships and collaboration between government, industry and the research community in relation to skills, training and accreditation. The Report provides: a summary of the key objectives of the project; the methodological approach used; the key results and conclusions of the research; a description of the tools developed as a result of the research, and their validation; a summary of the dissemination and exploitation activities of the project.

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