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Employability Skills Framework

A one-stop resource for information and tools to inform the instruction and assessment of employability skills.
Author(s): 
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
Author(s) Organizational Affiliation: 
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
Published: 
2013
Resource Type: 
Product
Product Type: 
Abstract: 

Individuals require many skills to be college and career ready, including academic knowledge, technical expertise, and a set of general, cross-cutting abilities called employability skills.

Employability skills are general skills that are necessary for success in the labor market at all employment levels and in all sectors. These skills have a number of names— soft skills, workforce readiness skills, career readiness skills— but they all speak to the same set of core skills that employers want.

The Employability Skills Framework is a one-stop resource for information and tools to inform the instruction and assessment of employability skills.

Benefits and Uses: 

Employability skills are a key component of college and career readiness. Educators or workforce training professionals may already be teaching many essential employability skills in their academic or technical skill classes. This site can be used to consider ways to further integrate employability skills into curriculum and instruction. 

Employability skills are frequently cited among the most important skills required for success in the labor market. They are also an important component of college and career readiness. Employers or industry representatives, play an active role in supporting the college and career readiness of current and future employees by partnering with education and training providers and reinforcing skill development at the workplace. This site also has a separate section with resources for workforce training partners to help design curricula and training programs.

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