Transversal Skills Research Report

The research questions are:

  1. RQ-1 What is the importance of technical and transversal skills as they are perceived in education and the labor market?

2. RQ-1.1. How important are the technical and transversal skills that a future employee should have? (Whole sample for each partner country and depending on the status of the evaluator).

3. RQ-1.2. What type of competences (technical or transversal) which should have a future employee is considered more important? (Whole sample for each partner country and depending on the status of the evaluator).

4. RQ-2. How is perceived the transversal skills hierarchy for a future/a young employee?

5. RQ-2.1. What is the perceived hierarchy of transversal competences that the most performant (best target) subject has, as a future employee/young employee

6. RQ-2.2. What is the perceived hierarchy of transversal competences that the less performant (weak target) subject has, as a future employee/young employee

7. RQ-2.3. What are the differences in perception between the transversal competences assigned for the best performing target and the transversal competences assigned to the less efficient (less performing) target?

The purpose of this research is to gain perspectives from employers, training organizations and relevant postsecondary administrators on transversal skills knowledge and practices, asking questions about the importance of transversal skills, specific transversal skills priorities and transversal skills deficiencies. The major findings will help trainers involved in the TRAIT project to improve understanding of the essential needs in developing the blended learning TRAIT course (IO2) in direct relation with the European workforce development system.

We estimate that we will have significant information on the fact that transversal skills are at least as important as technical skills for entry level employees and that transversal skill are better predictors of adult success (salaries, graduation rates, home ownership) than technical skills. Also we estimate that some transversal skills are considered more critical – and more lacking –than others. Finally, the research will offer ideas and information on transversal skills development best practice and assessments and the potential approaches in designing patterns to develop them.

This research was designed, implemented, monitored and evaluated with the help of Faculty of Psychology and Sciences of Education (University Al. I. Cuza from Iasi) which is the silent partner of TRAIT project. The cooperation within this research will remain active and valid until the final publication of results in the appropriate academic scientific papers.