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July 24, 2024

Skills Development

In the ever-changing world, possessing certain skills will enable a more successful transition into the many occupations you will have throughout your lifetime.

Recognizing Your Skills Activity

a) Essential Skills

Professionals and employers define essential skills as those needed for everyday life and work. These skills provide the foundation for learning all other skills and enable people to evolve with their jobs and adapt to change.

The nine essential skills are as follows:

  • Reading Text
  • Writing
  • Continuous Learning
  • Document Use
  • Oral Communication
  • Thinking Skills
  • Numeracy
  • Working With Others
  • Computer Use

b) Employability Skills

Employability skills are the basic skills that are required to perform effectively in the workplace. They consist of fundamental skills, teamwork skills and personal management skills.

A more detailed breakdown of these skills is as follows:

Fundamental Skills

  • Communicate
  • Manage Information
  • Use Numbers
  • Think & Solve Problems

Teamwork Skills

  • Work With Others
  • Participate in Projects and Task

Personal Management Skills

  • DemonstratePositive Attitudes and Behaviors
  • Be Responsible
  • Be Adaptable
  • Learn Continuously
  • Work Safely

Use APPENDIX P: ESSENTIAL SKILLS, EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS AND BLUEPRINT FOR LIFE/WORK DESIGNS  to obtain more information about these skills and to visit website to practice improving these skills.