The Agency for Competence Development in the State Sector

The Agency for Competence Development in the State Sector is the joint secretariat for competence development, for the parties to the collective agreements for central-government employees (the Ministry of Taxation/Danish Employee and Competence Agency 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
Denmark

Telephone: (+45) 33 18 69 69
Email: info@kompetenceudvikling.dk
 


 

Responsibilities

Under the collective agreement for central-government employees for the period 2018-2021, the Agency for Competence Development in the State Sector is responsible for:

  • providing secretariat services for a newly established steering committee and the fund groups;
  • managing and distributing resources as well as advising on who can apply for funding from the State Sector Competence Fund;
  • advising on how to use the agreement on competence development;
  • advising on how to plan effective competence development in the workplace;
  • supporting knowledge-sharing across government workplaces and disseminating knowledge about effective competence development. Including collecting and communicating experiences regarding competence development in government workplaces;
  • assisting with regard to administrative tasks in relation to following up on funding from the State Sector Competence Fund;
  • advising the parties to the collective agreements on relevant legislation in the education area, and, on behalf of the parties, performing duties required by law, for example, within the area of trade, administration, communication and management (HAKL);
  • providing secretariat services in connection with special initiatives that have been agreed within a single fund pool area or across several areas. For example, developing training programmes.

 

Organisation

The Agency for Competence Development in the State Sector is responsible for managing the State Sector Competence Fund and for advising government workplaces on competence development. The Agency is organised as follows:

  • steering committee composed of employer and employee organisations in the state sector; 
  • an expert group composed of employer and employee organisations in the state sector; 
  • four fund groups composed of members appointed by the Agency for Modernisation and the relevant federation of trade unions; and
  • The Agency for Competence Development in the State Sector (which is a secretariat) that comprises a head of agency, a deputy head/head of administration, and general staff.

 

Agreement basis for the Agency for Competence Development in the State Sector

The Agency’s tasks are based on the collective agreements for central government employees for the period 2018-2021 as outlined in Annex B, Competence development (In Danish).

The annex states that the parties to the collective agreements for central government employees have agreed to:

  • continue the agreement on competence development with a few adaptations based on the restructuring of joint competence development efforts;
  • roll back the agreement on the Competence Fund;
  • roll back the agreement on the fund to develop government workplaces (FUSA);
  • adapt the agreement on the organisation of joint work on competence development in the government due to restructuring of the joint competence development efforts; 
  • prepare a new agreement for the new fund.

The 2018 collective agreements closed down the fund to develop government workplaces (FUSA) and the Competence Fund, and the resources from these two funds will be carried over to the State Sector Competence Fund, which is managed by the Agency for Competence Development in the State Sector.

You can read more about the collective agreements in Cirkulære om aftale om Kompetenceudvikling (in Danish), Cirkulære om aftale om Den Statslige Kompetencefond (in Danish) and Cirkulære om aftale om Organisering af parternes fælles arbejde med kompetenceudvikling i staten (in Danish), both from the 11th of December 2019.


History of the Agency for Competence Development

The Agency was set up by the partners to the government collective agreement (Danish Employee and Competence Agency and the Danish Central Federation of State Employees’ Organisations (CFU)) to assist in joint work on competence development at government workplaces.

The Ministry of Finance and the Danish Central Federation of State Employees’ Organisations (CFU) set up the Agency (previously called the Centre for Development of Human Resources and Quality Management) during the collective agreement negotiations in 1999 and the Agency started it’s work on the 1st of April 2000. 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, which was continued at the 2015 and 2018 agreements. A lot has changed throughout the years, but the core area remains strategic competence development.

Danish Employee and Competence Agency under the Ministry of Taxation 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) is the cooperation between Trade Unions organizing employees in the public sector, both state and municipal employees. CFU negotiates the collective agreements with the ministry of Finance. The parties to the collaboration are The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC), The Collective Negotiation Community of Central and Local Government Employees SKAF (CO10 and LC) as well as Organisations of Public Employees – Denmark (OAO). The central organisations cover approx. 98% of all state employees.