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ERIC Number: EJ776608
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1977-0219
The Production and Destruction of Individual Competence: The Role of Vocational Experience
Suleman, Fatima; Paul, Jean-Jacques
European Journal of Vocational Training, v40 n1 p103-122 2007
This article presents the results of research into the impact on individual skill levels of the variables traditionally represented by human capital. The discussion is centred around the way in which education and vocational experience contribute to the process of producing useful skills in the job market or, conversely, of making them obsolete. The data comes from a survey of five banks in which we asked supervisors to assess the skills of 600 employees (counter staff and customer managers). It is a hetero-assessment based on a list of skills and behaviours. The central theme of this article is to draw attention to the process of the invalidation of acquired knowledge which individuals can be faced with and the role which banks accord to the two sources of human capital. The complementarity or substitution of sources of skills acquisition is thus proposed on a case-by-case basis. (Contains 4 tables, 1 graph, 11 footnotes, and a Bibliography.) [Appended to this document is "The Skills Acquisition Model."]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Portugal