The “Competency Passport”

Representatives of the Drug Policy Network South East Europe and member organisation Re Generacija participated in presentation of the “Competency Passport” on 27 July 2017, in Belgrade. The project was presented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Office in Sarajevo, as part of their Open Regional Fund for South East Europe – Modernisation of Municipal Services. The “Competency Passport” is designed to increase adult employability by identifying informally acquired competencies, following the success the tool achieved in Germany and some other countries.

Appropriate skills for job seekers can often be as important in professional life as formal education. However, such skills often go unrecognized. The “Competency Passport” provides an instrument for systematically identifying and presenting a person’s competencies.

The “Competency Passport” has been modified and adapted to the Bosnian and Herzegovinian context and the first group of counsellors has been tested and certified and had numerous counselling services across the country.

Now, the GIZ Office in Sarajevo offers this tool to Serbia. They plan to establish working contacts with civil society organisations, invite 30 interested activists to pass the training for counsellors and support them in implementing the tool.

The tool could be used to prepare an activity to support drug users, especially those who are in the process of re-socialisation, to better understand their competences and be ready to present and use them.