While employability skills are recognized as essential to college and career readiness, the education and training field has yet to coalesce around a single set of elements. Numerous employer groups, educational organizations, professional associations, and federal agencies have identified sets of employability skills, with different focuses and target audiences. Rather than define yet another set of skills, this websites advances a unifying framework that cuts across the workforce development and education sectors.
The Employability Skills Framework was developed as part of the Support for States Employability Standards in CTE and Adult Education project, an initiative of the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education. Framework development was guided by a group of the following career and technical education (CTE), adult education, workforce development, and business organizations: