Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework

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The Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework describes a set of non-technical skills, knowledge and understandings that underpin successful participation in work. These skills are often referred to as employability or generic skills. They include skills such as problem solving, collaboration, self-management, communication and information technology skills.

The framework describes the core skills in three categories: navigating the world of work, interacting with others and getting the work done; and uses a developmental approach to describe these skills at five different stages of performance from novice through to expert.

The framework also provides a common reference point and language for those who develop learning resources including curriculum, courseware and training package developers to conceptualise and articulate the skills, knowledge and understandings that underpin work performance over time, and for guiding further development.

The framework is not a set of standards, nor an assessment tool. It is a framework for conceptualising and articulating skills, knowledge and understandings that underpin work performance over time, and for guiding further development. It is not intended to replace approaches to developing these skills that are already in place, but to provide a common underpinning that is relevant across sectors.

Flowchart containing three columns with an arrow from left to right. Column 1 - Workforace Needs. Employers and industry have identified the non-technical requirements for successful participation in the workforce. Column 2 - The Framework. The Framework clearly defines the generic underpinning skills and knowledge needed to meet these requirements. Column 3 - Learning Products. Those providing services to learners and job seekers use relevant elements of the Framework in the development of customised products. End flowchart

Developers of training programs can use the framework to more clearly articulate the core skills for work required for specific occupations or at particular points in career development.

Trainers, educators and those working with job seekers can use the framework as a foundation from which to develop learning products to address the identified needs of learners.

Individuals can use the framework to describe the core skills for work they already possess and those they would like to develop.

The framework is available for download below.