GEM’s competency framework
As part of our strategy to develop a highly skilled and respected heritage learning workforce, we have developed a new competency framework which underpins our GEM training programme.
Competencies are a mix of the behaviours, attributes, skills and knowledge that are considered necessary to perform effectively at work. They can be a mix of what we bring to the job and performance outputs. Our former CEO & Chair, Dr John Stevenson, summarises below:
GEM’s competency framework outlines the knowledge, skills and behaviours required of the heritage learning professional through eleven core competencies. Each competency is described at three different levels: foundation, experienced and leading/advanced.
Download the competency framework as a PDF.
The framework is designed to:
- Help professionalise heritage learning by identifying the core competencies required.
- Aid heritage educators to assess and focus their continuing professional development.
- Guide GEM training.
- Help recruiters identify key competencies for role specifications.
- Assist performance reviews.
In the longer term, the framework is the first step in establishing professional standards for the heritage learning workforce and we are working with a number of stakeholders to see how best to embed the new framework across non-GEM training events and programmes.
We welcome all feedback on the competency framework and suggestions around its use and development, recognising that it will continue to evolve over time.