The skillset of an employee is not static. Over time, a person will work on many projects and topics, follow courses, and change positions. Past experiences become irrelevant compared to newer ones. That is why we made time an indispensable part of the Skill Engine through the concept of Skill Events.
Skill Events encapsulate a single skill source and pin it down on the timeline. The timeline allows point-in-time recovery. You can compare how your workforce grew since last year, evaluate a single employee, or learn how fast your company can progress in its respective field.
Skill Events increase the quality of the skill profiles. Aside from resumes and working- and education histories, any information you can procure where an employee shows skills can serve as a source. Whenever a person's skillset grows, the Skill Engine can link a new Skill Event and update their profile.
Skill Event Types
We currently support eight different types of Skill Events:
- Working History Event: Whenever an employee changes position or job, they acquire new skills in that domain. The Employee is assumed to have obtained the skills at the start date of the function unless stated otherwise.
- Education History Event: Employees acquire a minimal skillset during their education. The Employee is assumed to have obtained the skills at the start date of the education unless stated otherwise.
- Resume Document Event: Every once in a while, an employee's resume is updated. With this new resume come new skills. The Employee is assumed to have obtained the skills when the new resume enters the Skill Engine.
- Learning Event: This event encapsulates any learning the Employee has achieved, such as courses and projects. The Skill Engine assumes the Employee acquired the skills at the timestamp assigned to the event.
- Feedback Event: Feedback and performance assessments can be a great source of skills. Setting the feedback text in the description field of the content assures that skills mentioned in a positive context are extracted.
- Goal Event: Employees can set personal development goals, performance goals, or other goals. Every completed goal can add skills to an employee's skillset.
- Project Event: Working on a project requires skills and knowledge. These skills can be added to the employee's skill profile upon completing the project.
- Certificate Event: Certificates can be a clear indicator that an employee is a skilled practitioner of a tool or technology.
- Skill notes Event: This event allows free text input of one or multiple skills. The skills will be mapped to the TechWolf vocabulary automatically. It can be used to add skill badges, software knowledge, tools,... The Skill Engine assumes the Employee acquired the skills at the timestamp assigned to the event.