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1 The Competence Matrix for the area of foreign trade (TRIFT-Matrix)
13 1 The Competence Matrix for the area of foreign trade (TRIFT-Matrix) 1.1 Preface (Matthias Becker, Universität Flensburg) Several descriptions of competences in different technical fields are developed within the VQTS projects (see Luomi-Messerer/Markowitch 2006 and Luomi-Messerer 2009). Beside the vocational area of mechatronics VQTS-Matrices are developed for electricians and electronic workforce. In the meantime a couple of projects are using the “VQTS approach” to describe competences and competence development (see the list on the VQTS website www.VocationalQualification.net). The VQTS model provides a ‘common language’ to describe compe- tences and their acquisition and also offers a way to relate these compe- tence descriptions to the competences acquired in training programmes. The VQTS model focuses on competences related to the work process. It identifies the core work tasks within the context of the particular occupa- tional field. In a second step the VQTS model follows a ‘development logical’ differentiation of a competence profile (known as a competence development or acquisition model): it describes the acquisition of compe- tences. The description of the competence development in relation to core work tasks can be seen as an attempt to bridge the terminological and ideological gap between the world of education and the world of work (see Becker et. al. 2007). 1.2 Developing the VQTS-Matrix for the area of foreign trade (TRIFT-Matrix) (Matthias Becker, Universität Flensburg) 1.2.1 Principles A VQTS matrix describes the competences of a person in a table and is able to show the progression of competence development. Competences are...
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