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Competence Assessment and Innovation - Competent Assessment Plan

Industrial Mathematician's Profile

The industrial mathematician cannot rely on mathematical expertise only. The ability to communicate with problem owners and other team members, to set up meetings and come to decisions, and to negotiate and persuade, are just as crucial.

Competence Assessment and Innovation - Competent Assessment Plan

Training on human resources and competences support, innovate and develop personal abilities to become an effective industrial mathematician.

Thus, in the program Mathematics for Industry, human resource management is integrated in the form of a competence assessment and development plan called Competence Assessment & Innovation. By using a combination of training and coaching, qualities of personality are emphasized to enhance employability in industrial environments. The Competence Assessment & Innovation program helps you to plan a strategy for your future, using your understanding of your own strength and weaknesses. The meetings of trainees with the coach concentrate on trainees’ personal core competences. Progress is safeguarded by a Joint Statement.

At the start of the program, trainee’s personal core competences are identified by means of a Personality- and Performance/ Motivation test. These competences are then used in the remainder of the program as Performance Indicators. The progress on these indicators is measured in two ways: on the basis of a Competence Audit of the Competence Assessment Plan completed by the trainee to report on own progress, and on the basis of items in a Progress Form.
The projects in the modeling seminars are the carrier to develop social and communication skills. All activities in the seminar (brainstorming session, interim presentation and final presentation) are basis for appraisal.

In six-monthly interviews, trainees’ progress in self-evaluation and competences are evaluated by the Program Manager and coach. On an individual basis the trainees will have initial and ongoing progress meetings with the coach.

At the start of the second year, a Competence Scan is carried out to initiate a combination of academic and industrial performances with regard to the Final Project and Career Assessment.

During the course of the final project, the non-technical aspects such as arrangement of meetings, communication with the problem owner and planning of the project, are discussed individually or in a group. At the end of the final project, the evaluation committee judges its technical and non-technical qualities.

Competence Assessment & Innovation Courses

Presentation Skills

Duration: 3 day parts.
You will present frequently during the Mathematics for Industry program. Your presentations are assessed and count towards your overall course grade. You may also find yourself needing to present information in less academic environments. This toolkit will enable you to develop your presenting techniques for any kind of presentation. The contents of the course are:
• Identifying key issues
• Planning your presentation
• Preparing your presentation
• Visual aids
• Delivering your presentation
• Checklists

Conversations Techniques
Duration: 3 day parts.
To communicate effectively with the problem owner of your projects, we train on interpersonal conversation techniques. This toolkit emphasizes various aspects of communication, practiced with role-play and exercises.
The contents of the course are:
• Active listening skills
• Interview models
• Preparing for a difficult discussion

Voice training
Duration: 2 day parts.
This training identifies voice problems and offers solutions with help of breathing techniques and video support. Audibility and pronunciation are essential in presentation and communication.

Conflict Management
Duration: one to three hours.
This training focuses on effective strategies for dealing with conflict situations. It includes a review of interpersonal communication including attending skills, responding skills and assertive responses. In addition, specific guidelines for dealing with emotional situations are presented. Applications of these techniques to specific situations will be discussed and questions addressed. Problem situations and their solutions are role played in small groups. The contents of the course are:
• Assertive communication
• Coping with emotional individuals
• Conflict Management
• Evaluation

Team Effectiveness
Duration: 1 day part.
In this toolkit you are enabled and to look through selecting those parts that are most relevant to your needs. We invite you to draw and reflect on your own experience. Much of the stimulus material is built around the Modeling Weeks. Learning by doing, meeting the unexpected and coping with difficulties are the main features of this training.

The modeling weeks and themes offer the possibility to focus on effective team work and group roles. Modeling weeks are prepared in two or more sessions beforehand and evaluated during and after.

Project Management
Duration: 2 day-parts.
Most work in the Mathematics for Industry program is done in projects, by two trainees guided by a project supervisor from the department. The duration of a project is fixed to 3 months with a workload of 400 hours, i.e. 200 hours per trainee. To effectively work in projects, this training identifies:
• What is a project?
• What is the difference between the project goal and the project result?
• What is the role of the problem owner?
• How can I manage the people involved in my project?
• How can I complete and evaluate my project?

Career assessment
What color has your parachute? This training helps you create an overview of your individual competencies. It is a combination of an individual exit assessment and the Mathematics for Industry-program, in fact your next step. It consists of essential life skills and is combined with your Personal Performance Indicators during your second year of the program in on-going meetings with your coach.