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 Finance/ the agency for Modernisation 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 2015 collective agreements in Cirkulære om aftale om Kompetenceudvikling (in Danish) and Cirkulære om aftale om Organisering af parternes fælles arbejde med kompetenceudvikling i staten (in Danish), both from 15 June 2015.


 

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).