The Agency for Competence Development in the State Sector is the joint secretariat for competence development for the Danish-government partners to collective agreements (the Ministry of Finance/State Employers’ Authority and the Danish Central Federation of State Employees’ Organisations).
The primary tasks of the Agency are to:
- Advise government workplaces on strategic and systematic competency development.
- Gather and disseminate competence-development experience at government workplaces.
- Administrate the partners’ two funds for competence development.
The Agency is in daily contact with government employees and managers regarding their competence development. We meet with them in the joint committee, the human resource department, the employee group, the working/project group, and in other contexts.
For further information about the Agency, you are welcome to contact us.
The Agency for Competence Development in the State Sector (Kompetencesekretariatet)
Kristen Bernikows Gade 4, 4. sal
1105 Copenhagen K
Telephone: (+45) 33 18 69 69
The Agency for Competence Development in the State Sector supports joint efforts by the partners (the Ministry of Finance/State Employers’ Authority and the Danish Central Federation of State Employees’ Organizations) to promote and sustain targeted competence development in government institutions. The Agency is organised as follows:
- A steering committee (composed of employer and employee organisations in the state sector)
- A competence committee (composed of the employer and employee organisations in the state sector)
- A competence secretariat (composed of one head of secretariat, a deputy head and a head of administration, as well as a number of employees).
Mission, vision and strategic milestones
Work by the Agency for Competence Development in the State Sector is in accordance with the mission and vision adopted by the partners to the collective agreement (the Ministry of Finance/State Employers’ Authority and the Danish Central Federation of State Employees’ Organisations) in January 2014.
The Agency helps to initiate and enhance the impact of competence development in government workplaces through advice, financial assistance and dissemination of experience.
- The Agency will target its efforts to ensure that competence development underpins flexibility, efficiency and quality across government workplaces and that competence development improves the skills and labour-market opportunities of individual employees.
- The Agency will ensure that the primary goals for competence development are put into practice, and the Agency will strive to enhance local dialogue on competence development between managers and employees.
- The Agency will be a professional and effective secretariat that takes initiative and deliver results through competent employees.
Work by the Agency to live up to its mission and vision has been implemented with four strategic milestones for the term of the collective agreement:
- The Agency is to sharpen focus by government workplaces on launching competence development that ensures local impact on core tasks and that ensures employability for the individual employee.
- The Agency is to support actively, improved competences at workplaces with special challenges or at workplaces which do not work systematically and strategically with competence.
- The Agency is to establish favourable conditions to enable government workplaces to learn from each other’s experience with competence development.
- The Agency is to ensure as much competence development as possible for the resources under the collective agreement, and it is to help ensure that the resources supplement initiatives by workplaces, while maintaining the quality of competence development.
Download summary of the strategy the Agency laid down by the partners to the collective agreement in the 2015 agreement (in Danish).
Agreement basis for the Agency for Competence Development in the State Sector
The foundation for work by the Agency is anchored in four agreements. These can be read and downloaded (in Danish) here:
- Aftale om kompetenceudvikling (competence development agreement).
- Atale om organisering af parternes fælles arbejde med kompetenceudvikling i staten (agreement on the organisation of joint work on competency development in the government).
- Aftale om Fonden til udvikling af statens arbejdspladser (agreement on a fund to develop government workplaces).
- Aftale om Kompetencefonden (agreement on the competence fund).
The fund to develop government workplaces (FUSA) and the competence fund have been continued in the 2015 collective agreement and the resources in these funds are administrated by the Agency.
See also the 2013 collective agreement for the Agency for Competence Development in the State Sector, annex D, pages 4-5: "Tryghed og kompetenceudvikling" (pdf, in Danish).
History of the Agency for Competence Development
The Agency was set up by the partners to the government collective agreement (the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Central Federation of State Employees’ Organisations (CFU)) to assist in joint work on competence development at government workplaces.
The Agency (previously called the Centre for Development of Human Resources and Quality Management) was set up by the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Central Federation of State Employees’ Organizations (CFU) during the collective agreement negotiations in 1999. Since then the collective agreement has been renegotiated in 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2011, and the Agency was continued in each agreement. In the 2013 negotiations, the Agency was renamed the Agency for Competence Development in the State Sector.
The Agency for the Modernisation of Public Administration under the Ministry of Finance is the government “employers’ organisation” and it acts as the agreement partner and as advisor for government workplaces on pay, management and personnel matters.
The Danish Central Federation of State Employees’ Organisations (CFU) coordinates stakeholders and negotiations for the employees’ organisations in areas covered by the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations, the Joint Council of Salaried Employees and Public Servants (FTF), and the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions (LO).