Employability Skills Framework

Skills for College and Career Readiness

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.

The Framework is
comprised of nine key
skills, organized in
three broad categories:
Applied Knowledge,
Effective Relationships,
and Workplace Skills. LEARN MORE

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Featured Resources

  • See how the Employability Skills Framework relates to academic and technical skill standards by viewing the crosswalk with the Common Core State Standards and the Common Career Technical Core.

    Crosswalk View Crosswalk
  • The source matrix compares the employability skills identified by a sample of national and state standards and assessments used to develop the framework.

    Source Matrix View Matrix
  • Recently released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Time for the U.S. to Reskill?, details the literacy, numeracy, and problem-solving skills of U.S. adults in comparison to adults in other countries.

    OECD Report View Report