DISCO II (Dictionary of Skills and Competences) seeks to provide a much needed and so far at European level not available terminological support for the description and translation of abilities, skills and competences in the context of the labour market as well as in the context of education. The transparency and comparability of competences will be supported by DISCO II based on a common terminology offered for competence descriptions in European transparency instruments and learning outcome (LO) descriptions that can be used both in a labour market context as well as in an educational context or different ECVET or EQF implementation instruments.

The aim of the TOI project DISCO II is to bring together the labour market and the educational system via connecting skills and competences with LO, so it will further enhance the attractiveness of VET and mobility of employees and individuals within Europe. Based on the existing thesaurus of approx. 10.000 competence terms in 7 languages (CZ, EN, FR, GE, HU, LT, SW), 3 new languages will be introduced (IT, ES, SK). Furthermore, the existing competence terms of the branches ‘health and social work’, ‘environment’ and ‘information technology’ will be interconnected with phraseological competence and LO descriptions in 10 European languages (CZ, EN, ES, FR, GE, HU, IT, LT, SK, SW). The development of a multilingual taxonomy bridging education and work will contribute to the work of DG Employment, DG Education and Cedefop who are intending to develop a common language of skills, competences and occupations: the European Skills, Competence and Occupation (ESCO) taxonomy. Job descriptions, CVs, Certificate Supplements (CS) as well as other competence based LO descriptions use similar terms to describe competences in the area of labour market or education and VET: The least common denominator is a single competence term, the greatest common denominator is a phraseological competence description.

The project consortium consists of experts in the field of VET and competence classifications as well as researchers, promotors of transparency documents, universities and educational consultancy institutions; it includes partners of the former DISCO I project as well as new partners.

Project Coordinator: 3s Unternehmensberatung GmbH, Austria

Project partners:

  • Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
  • Národni ústav odborného vzdelávání (NUOV), Czech Republic
  • Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), Spain
  • Istituto per la Formazione Professionale dei Lavoratori (ISFOL), Italy
  • Státny institút odborného vzdelávania (SIOV), Slovakia
  • Oktatáskutató és Fejlesztö Intézet (OFI), Hungary
  • Institut Européen d’Education et de Politique Sociale (EIESP), France
  • Emmerce (EEIG), Sweden
  • SkillsNet Europe, Belgium

More information at http://disco-tools.eu/disco2_portal/