How jobskills can be matched with specific job criteria – an Icelandic pilot project

As the working life changes the need to match the competences of employees with criteria for specific jobs also increases. Enabling lifelong learning is a must and a current icelandic pilot project focuses on validation of skills against specific job criteria. The Icelandic Confederation of Labour (ASÍ), through its educational department, are members of ABF Norden and they are also one of the partners in the project.

The project aims at developing methods and tools for validation in working life through field trials in five jobs in close cooperation with stakeholders. The purpose of the validation process is to make competences visible, recognized and certified. On-the-job training, following the results of validation, will be a part of the system.

The assessment criteria used in the validation process will be based on competency analysis of jobs and the implementation of the process will be based on the needs of individuals and companies.

The project aims at being beneficiary to both employees and employers;

  • Visibility of knowledge and competences
  • Visibility of areas for improvement
  • Increased opportunities for job development
  • Recognized competences can be taken into account when wages are decided


  • Competence utalization is optimized, leading to increased competetiveness
  • Increased focus on competence development
  • Clearer competence requirements for job development and recruitment
  • Respect for the company/industry

The results of the project will be used to build a foundation for a sustainable system of validation in working life.

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About FA


Fræðslumiðstöð atvinnulífsins (FA) (e.The Education and Training Service Centre (ETSC)) is owned by the Icelandic Confederation of Labour (ASÍ), the Confederation of Icelandic Employers (SA), the Federation of State and Municipal Employees (BSRB), the Ministry of Finance and the Association of Local Authorities in Iceland. In connection with the collective agreement between ASI and SA in 2002, the Icelandic government issued a statement of intent which led to the establishment of FA. Operation began in 2003.

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