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An introduction to meta skills

A focus on skills and human capital gives us a strong foundation from which to build a sustainable and inclusive Scottish economy.

Meta skills are clusters of behavioural skills rather than competency-based skills.

But what does that mean for you as an employer?

Understanding these skills and the importance they have within the roles in your organisation will allow you to understand your employees and where to focus your development efforts.

Meta skills groupings

The skills have been classified under three headings:

  • Self management: Manage the now
  • Social intelligence: Connect with the world
  • Innovation: Create our own change

We're already using these skills and this language on our sister site My World of Work (My WoW) and Careers.mywow. This means individuals and your employees are becoming increasingly familiar with the concept of meta skills.


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