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Transversal skills


The skills individuals have which are relevant to jobs and occupations other than the ones they currently have or have recently had. These skills may also have been acquired through non-work or leisure activities or through participation in education or training.
More generally, these are skills which have been learned in one context or to master a special situation/problem and can be transferred to another context.


The term ‘transversal skills’ has largely replaced the term ‘transferable skills’.


Cedefop (2008a). European Training Thesaurus. Luxembourg: Publications Office. Available from Internet:

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