Soft skills are usually defined in contrast to job-specific skills that constitute the core occupational requirements of a job. A skill is the "ability to apply knowledge and use know-how to complete tasks and solve problems".
Some are close to and could be included in "transversal skills", "personal and transversal competences" or in the 8 key competences for lifelong learning defined by the Recommendation 2006/962/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006.
Inova Consultancy has developed a methodology for Mentoring Circles™ in 2001 to facilitate soft skills development. It is aimed at increasing and nurturing self-confidence, preventing isolation and connecting people with peers. They are usually groups of 4 to 5 people meeting with a mentor/facilitator to learn from each other over a set period of 2- 3 months. Circles bring together action learning theory, coaching and mentoring principles to support and build confidence and self-efficacy in learners.
To find out more about mentoring:
A research article (there are a few) about the use of Mentoring Circles to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nursing students
Seven key skills by Valérie Alibert after Stéphane Cannone
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