A key challenge in improving life-long learning, employee flexibility, and skill-matching is the assessment of workplace relevant competencies and the planning of individual learning paths for career development. The aim of DEVELOP is to develop a personalised learning environment for career development. The environment will provide assessment of transversal competencies and social capital to highlight learning opportunities for career development. It will combine this with personalised visualisations of potential career paths to inform and guide learners towards realistic and attainable careers.

The project will deliver an adaptive learning environment that dynamically tailors the exploration, comprehension, and planning of learning opportunities and career paths in medium and large companies. It will aid employee learning through reflection on transversal competencies and social capital, as key enablers of career development. DEVELOP will use a close academic-industry collaboration to deliver new tools and methods for learning technology vendors. These tools and methods will be informed by, and evaluated with end-users across ICT and Financial Services.

To ensure impact after the project ends, the team are focussing on rigorous evaluation and validation of our research. This will then be disseminated to benefit other researchers and to progress the state-of-the-art. They have already begun publishing their research results and will increasingly do so as their evaluation work accelerates. In terms of exploitation, they have already made a significant impact with their game-based assessment tool being exploited commercially.

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  • Start date: 1 February 2016
  • PI: Neil Peirce - Coordinator
  • Acronym: DEVELOP
  • Title: Developing Careers through Social Networks and Transversal Competencies
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  • Grant ID: 688127
  • Overall budget: €2,994,297,50
Project Contact
  • Neil Peirce