Skills


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Bert Van Opstal - 2-SKILLS SET


Business owner

Consultant / Project & construction manager / engineer



CLARIFIED

Skills  are given divided in the following categories:
  • Language skills 
  • Technical skills or work skills are specialized skills and knowledge required to perform the specific duties in industrial projects.
    They are divided into engineering , (project) management and software skills.
    • Engineering: the skills can vary depending on the discipline. Therefor the mayor engineering skills are given subdivided per discipline. Summarized as an average to represent multi-disciplinary skills.
    • Management: specific skills focused on industrial project management, transferable to general management skills.
    • Software: tools given in the list are commonly used in all disciplines and software skills specifically for applications used in engineering disciplines, like f.i. CAD programs.
  • Transferable skills are the skills required to perform a variety of tasks. They  can be ‘transferred’ from one project, customer or area of work to another.
    • Customer service
    • Reasoning and creativity
    • Problem solving
    • Teamwork 
    • Staff management - coordination
    • Leadership
    • Budgeting
    • Time management - Planning
    • Multitasking - coordination
    • Meeting deadlines
    • EHS awareness 
  • Personal skills are individual attributes regarding personality and work habits. 
    • Working under pressure
    • Working unsupervised
    • Show initiative
    • Trustworthy
    • Self-motivated 
    • Honest and reliable
    • Outgoing and friendly
    • Fast learner
    • Professional 
    • Loyal - Reliabilty

ASSESSMENT

Skills are assessed on an individual level. They can be found in our "People" pages.
  • Language skills: The list of languages is composed from education, courses and practice experience. Native languages are not assessed.
    We use international recognised language skill tests to asses the language proficiency.
    • Dutch: dutch in our native country is assessed and certified as a foreign language with the CNaVT - Certificate of Dutch as a Foreign Language. The equivalent in the Netherlands is the Nederlands als Vreemde Taal certicates NT2-I and NT2-II.  We only have people with dutch as native language so no assessment is foreseen at this time.
    • English:  The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS , is an international standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. IELTS is one of the two major English-language tests in the world, the other being the TOEFL.
      There are two versions of the IELTS: the Academic Version and the General Training Version:
      • The Academic Version is intended for those who want to enroll in universities and other institutions;
      • The General Training Version is intended for those planning to undertake non-academic training or to gain work experience, or for immigration purposes.
An IELTS result or Test Report Form is issued with a score from "band 1" ("non-user") to "band 9" ("expert user") and each institution sets a different threshold. The test contains 4 modules - Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
Wikipedia: IELTS
We use the online available free practice test (Academic test) from the British Council or IDP Education to asses proficiency in listening and reading. Since the qualification of writing and speaking is due to be examined and rated by an official examiner, the ratings are assesed as being the same as the average of the listening and reading sections.
In addition to the IELTS or as a confirmation of it's results a TOEFL can be taken, online available at 4Tests or/and the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC)), "an English language test designed specifically to measure the everyday English skills of people working in an international environment."
There are different forms of the exam: the TOEIC Listening & Reading both online available at 4Tests.
Wikipedia: TOIEC
    • German:  the European Language Certificates, or telc - language tests, are international standardized tests of ten different languages. It is managed by telc GmbH, which is a subsidiary of the German Adult Education Association (DVV). telc - language tests can be taken in English, German, Turkish, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Czech, and Arabic.
      Company website: telc
      Wikipedia: European Language Certicates
      We use free online reference tests to asses the CEFR level from the website www.sprachtest.de.
    • French:  the European Language Certificates, or telc - language tests, are international standardized tests of ten different languages. It is managed by telc GmbH, which is a subsidiary of the German Adult Education Association (DVV). telc - language tests can be taken in English, German, Turkish, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Czech, and Arabic.
      Company website: telc
      Wikipedia: European Language Certicates
      We use free online reference tests to asses the CEFR level from the website www.sprachtest.de.

  • Technical skills: The list of skills is composed from education, courses and project experience. 
    The level of proficiency is assessed showing the years of experience and the Dreyfus model to scale the level of proficiency (see explanation of the Dreyfus model at wikipedia or in this document (also included in the attachments below)).
    The most relevant or recent 10 skills are given on the CV's, however more skills or somehow outdated skills can be applicable and are listed as "OTHER" skills on this website.
    • Software skills are assessed by making a practice exam online.  The website used is:



PRESENTATION

Skills are presented on an individual level and as CEAvo servvices. They can be found in our "People" pages and company services description.

  • Language skills:
    Proficiency is represented in 2 internationally used grading scales:

    The CEFR scale:
     Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment commonly used in the European Union.
    Wikipedia: CEFR
    The ILR scale: Interagency Language Roundtable scale used in American countries.
    Wikipedia: ILR

    Cross reference is established with the table as described in 
    Wikipedia: Comparison between CEFR levels and other common tests.
    In order to clarify to readers not familiar with these levels we converted them also into a percentage, both represented as a graphic donut and a percentage which is equivalent to the achieved level in both scales.
    For the CEFR scale this is in sections of 1/6th or 16,66% steps since there are 6 levels, for the ILR scale this is in sections of 1/11th or 9,09% steps since there are 11 levels.

    Some standardized tests have commonly accepted level cross references:
    • English IELTS: A 6.5 IELTS score lies roughly between B2 and C1 levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and scores higher than band 8 are C2. A score of 5~6 in IELTS lies in B2 of Common European Framework and less than that of 4 lies roughly between A1 and A2.
      Bands and cross reference to CEFR scale are described in:
      Wikipedia IELTS

  • Technical skills: The assessed profieciency level is shown on a bar chart showing the assessed profiency according the Dreyfuss model with the years of experience.
    Additionally buttressed with descriptions detailing how those skills have been used in the workplace. Project descriptions often show how each technology was employed on a particular project. 
    Those details provide our customers with genuine insight into the depth of a person's knowledge and experience with those technologies.
    Software skills are represented equivalent to the number of correct answered questions in a practice test. Since e have 5 levels of proficiency in the Dreyfus model a 25 question test would result in the following levels:

    • novice: 0-5
    • beginner: 6-10
    • competent: 11-15
    • proficient: 16-20
    • expert: 21-25

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Bert Van Opstal,
2 Oct 2014, 06:27