Thumbs up for skills mapJune 2010
A new ‘competency map’ for corporate responsibility practitioners would generally be welcomed by the profession, says the CR Academy, which is to produce such a document.
Doubts have been raised in some quarters about the necessity for the map (EP11, issue 3, p7), which would outline the skills required by CSR specialists.
However, the academy, which has been run by Business in the Community (Bitc) since 2008, says a recent survey of 130 Bitc members showed that two-thirds of practitioners agreed a competency map was needed. Roughly the same proportion felt they would benefit personally and organizationally from it.
Support came across the board, regardless of the time practitioners had spent in the sector or the industry in which they worked.
The academy had intended to produce the map this spring but its launch has been delayed. In its previous incarnation as the UK government-run CSR Academy, it produced a ‘competency framework’ outlining the skills needed in CSR work.
It is unclear how the new version will differ significantly from that original, but the academy has suggested it will include a ‘self-assessment tool’ helping practitioners to see any skills gaps in their present and potential future roles.
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