Erasmus+ launch conference in Helsinki (June 11th, 2014)

Hidden Competences – Do we recognise the full impact of learning mobility on our societies and working life?

CIMO and the Finnish think tank Demos Helsinki examined how employers rate the skills and knowledge acquired through international experiences in their recruitment. The research revealed that the employers often are not able to make the connection between international experiences and the actual skills they need for their business or workplace to flourish. The competences are hidden.

The conference Hidden Competences was based on this research and a new publication Faktaa – Facts and Figures 1/2014: Hidden Competences (May 2014), summarising the key findings of the research project (originally published in 2013 in Finnish under the title "Piilotettu osaaminen"). Also other related European studies and surveys were presented.

The conference was looking for answers to the following questions:

  • What are the competences stemming from the learning mobility, or more broadly, international activities?
  • How do these skills and competences meet with the future needs of individuals, society and working life?
  • Do the employers – and the young people themselves – recognise these competences?
  • What could be done to make these competences better identified and more visible?

The conference had some 300 participants from Finland and abroad.

Conference programme

Hidden Competences, conference programme (pdf)


Hidden Competences - Conclusions (Word document)