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Employability Skills Framework

Employability skills, along with academic and technical skills, are an essential component of college and career readiness. They are the general skills, including applied academics, effective relationships, and workplace skills, that are necessary for success in the labor market – for all industries and at all career levels. The Employability Skills Framework website is a central clearinghouse of resources on instruction and assessment for employability skills. Using the interactive Framework, policymakers, practitioners in education and workforce training, and others can identify employability skills and compare the skills identified by various instructional standards and assessments; understand key considerations for selecting an employability skills assessment; create a customized assessment comparison worksheet; and view practical examples of employability skills instruction and assessment.

Visit the Employability Skills Framework website

Webinar: OCTAE Presents a Common Framework for Employability Skills

May 22, 2014 at 2pm – 3pm (EST)

The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) hosted a webinar on May 22, 2014 to share strategies for integrating employability skills into high quality CTE programs. The webinar addressed why employability skills matter from the federal and state policy and employer perspectives and demonstrated OCTAE's Employability Skills Framework website. Speakers also shared implementation strategies, including applications for the workforce system, student organizations, and community colleges.

Speakers included: Niki Clausen, SkillsUSA; Stephen DeWitt, Association for Career and Technical Education; Lauren Fairley, U.S. Department of Labor; Kimberly Green, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium; Kathy Mannes, American Association of Community Colleges; Sharon Miller, OCTAE; and Grace Suh, IBM Corporation.

Why Do Employability Skills Matter?

Watch the videos below for background information on why employability skills matter from policy and employer perspectives.

Stephen DeWitt, Association for Career and Technical Education
Watch video (Duration: 7:14)

Kimberly Green, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium
Watch video (Duration: 6:50)

Grace Suh, IBM Corporation
Watch video, part 1 (Duration: 4:41)
Watch video, part 2 (Duration: 4:00)