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8 key competences most wanted on the labour market

The Labour market has changed through recent years and today it is important to practise these key competences in your training and practice of a specific profession. These key competences are important in any profession and complement the specific skills and tools you will need in any particular profession e.g. installer, postman or office worker.


You can read and write in your mother tongue and understand written information well. You can express yourself verbally and in writing in different situations (school, job, with friends, in the family, at the doctor, with authorities …) in an understandable and stress-free manner. You can get and understand information from various sources (internet, books, instructions for use, …). You can  express your opinion with arguments in different situations in a convincing way. You can understand other people’s opinions and deal with them critically.


You can understand verbal messages and instructions in one or more foreign languages and ask for information. You can have an everyday conversation in the foreign language. You can read, understand and write simple texts in a foreign language. You can use tools that help you in a foreign language environment.

Mathematical competence and competence in science, technology and engineering

You can cope with everyday situations with your arithmetic skills. You can read and understand tables and graphs. You can use technical tools. You can see the impact of using technology on the environment. You are curious and want to understand how something works.

Digital competence

You can use and select digital content (from the internet and social networks). You can compare and critically evaluate content. You can create and share digital content yourself.

Personal, social and learning to learn

You are actively committed to achieving your goals. You know your strengths and weaknesses and can ask for help. You can learn independently and with others. You understand that people have different points of view, life goals and ways of life. You have confidence and are not easily disappointed.


You know your rights and obligations. You team up with others to represent your interests. You know human rights as the basis of democracy. You know important events from world history. You are interested in what is happening in the world and can differentiate between “just” and “unjust”.


You are creative and can implement your own ideas. You can inspire others for your ideas. You know you can do something. You know what fair and unfair business is.

Cultural awareness and expression

You are interested in music, dance, film, painting … You would like to try something like this yourself. You are curious to know how people live and think in other parts of the world. You are respectful of people who are different from you.