Why was the Framework Developed?
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.
How was the Framework Developed?
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 Career, Technical, 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:
- Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)
- Board on Testing and Assessment, National Research Council
- The Boeing Company
- Chicago Public Schools
- The Conference Board
- Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
- Human Resource Policy Association
- IBM Corporation
- Jobs for the Future
- Kentucky Adult Education
- National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc)
- Partnership for 21st Century Skills
- Skills for America's Future, The Aspen Institute
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