What are Behavioural Skills?

What is meant by behavioural skills?

Behavioural skills refer to the reflective ability of the individual in relation to the characteristics of the situations he or she may come up against.

This ability may be organisational when the individual reacts in relation to the quality of his or her work, e.g. prioritising, anticipating, checking, etc.), social or interpersonal, when the person reacts to others and establishes relationships, e.g. negotiating, discussing, cooperating, etc.), or emotional and psychological (when the individual reacts to him or herself and his or her own limits, e.g.: adapting, taking training, etc.).

Behavioural skills: a resource to call upon as part of the skills-based approach

The skills-based approach centres its learning mechanism around the skills required in a given context.

It is those skills that will determine the choice of goals to pursue in training and of the contents to be covered.

To train someone to develop their skills is to help the learner to build, in a sustainable manner, his/her ability to perform the activities that make up a trade, and to deal with the realities and situations they may come across in exercising it.

Implementing a skills-based approach has a direct effect on the development of training programmes, and the latter will revolve around the skills that need to be acquired for each trade. Similarly, this has an effect on the monitoring of applicants, which will have to be designed is such a way that it can verify that those skills are truly acquired.
The skills-based approach also enables the behavioural skills essential for the trade to be concretely identified.


To find out more, see the Methodological guide for trainers.