Employability Skills Framework

Employability Skills Framework

RTI International, 2014

Toolkit Purpose 

This toolkit was developed to create a unifying framework of employability skills for workforce development and education professionals to use. Workforce development agencies, educational organizations, and businesses each have different definitions for employability skills, so the U.S. Department of Education set out to create a single framework of employability skills.

Publisher 
U.S. Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
Intended Audience 
Adult and career/technical educators, workforce development agencies, employers, and State and local policymakers
Career Pathways Target Population 
Adult low income and low skill populations
Based On 
Guidance from adult and career/technical education organizations, workforce development professionals, and business organizations
Summary of Toolkit Approach 

The toolkit is organized under three broad categories of employability skills:
·        Applied knowledge: the thoughtful integration of academic knowledge and technical skills, put to use in the workplace;
·        Effective relationships: the interpersonal skills that allow workers to work well with clients, co-workers, and supervisors; and
·        Workplace skills: the analytical and organizational skills employees need to successfully perform tasks.
Each section breaks down the broad category of employability skills into a set of specific skills, and provides a list of external resources to address each skill. There are also resources available for conducting employability skills assessments and creating lesson plans to develop employability skills. For example, there is a lesson planning checklist that allows educators to assess which employability skills they should address in their lessons, which can be exported as a PDF.

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