Identifying, teaching, and assessing employability skills are all important considerations across federal agencies. Throughout this project, representatives from 12 federal agencies met to share information about their employability skills initiatives. See below for descriptions of some related federal initiatives.
Department of Agriculture
Industry Competency Models, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
Developed in collaboration with business leaders and educators, the industry competency models depict the employability and technical skills required to obtain jobs in various industries. The models are based on a framework—the building blocks—which are then tailored for specific industries. The first three (of seven) tiers of the building blocks framework depict the skills needed for entry-level employment.
O*NET, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
The O*NET database catalogs occupational information, including requirements and worker attributes, for 970 occupations. Occupational data were collected from a random sample of businesses in specific industries and a random sample of workers in certain occupations within the selected businesses. These data support the online O*NET database, which allows users to learn about occupations and access career exploration tools.
Technical Assistance Resources, Youth Services, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
This resource collection offers toolkits, publications, tip sheets, fact sheets, and e-tools for administrators of federally funded youth services programs. Resource topics include program management, career exploration and development, youth councils, and more.
Work Readiness Tool for the WIA Youth Program, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor (PDF, 155 KB)
Rubric for employers to assess employees' work readiness on a set of foundation skills, including, for example, attendance, communication, teamwork, and problem-solving and other work or career skills specific to the employer. The tool describes performance expectations for each skill, four rating options that range from "performance improvement plan needed" to "exemplary," and tips on how to use the rubric.
Advanced Technological Education Program
The Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program features partnerships between secondary and postsecondary education institutions and employers to support career pathways and workforce development programs for technicians. There are currently 39 funded ATE centers, which receive funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop curricula aligned with industry needs and provide professional development opportunities for teachers, with employability skills integrated into all aspects of the program.