Employability skills are foundational skills that are necessary for success in the labor market at all employment levels and in all sectors.These skills, which may be taught through the education and workforce development systems, fall into three broad categories: Applied Knowledge, Effective Relationships, and Workplace Skills. 

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.

We encourage you to take learn more about the Employability Skills Framework on the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education's website.