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Young people and contradictions of inclusionTowards Integrated Transition Policies in Europe$
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Andreu Lopez Blasco, Wallace McNeish, and Andreas Walther

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345547

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345547.001.0001

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Competence and employability

Competence and employability

(p.205) Eleven Competence and employability
Young people and contradictions of inclusion

Sven Mørch

Barbara E. Stalder

Policy Press

This chapter analyses the tension between employability and competence, two concepts that have recently come onto the European policy agenda. At first sight, policy documents operate with the assumption that both of these concepts are compatible, with competence being a necessary prerequisite of employability. With a more detailed second appraisal, however, it can be shown that employability, as a labour-market-related concept in most interpretations, is understood as an adaptation of the workforce to labour-market demands, while competence is related to a more holistic view of individual-capacity building and identity work. The chapter broadens the perspective in two directions, arguing that both social modernisation and individual personal development have to be considered as the necessary context for the conceptualisation of competence and employability.

Keywords:   European policy, work competence, labour market, identity work, social modernisation

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