What are employability skills?

Employability skills are non-technical skills which play a significant part in contributing to an individual’s effective and successful participation in the workplace. Employability skills are also sometimes referred to as generic skills, capabilities, enabling skills or key competencies. In Australia the employability skills are:

  • communication skills, which contribute to productive and harmonious relations between employees and customers
  • teamwork skills, which contribute to productive working relationships and outcomes
  • problem-solving skills, which contribute to productive outcomes
  • initiative and enterprise skills, which contribute to innovative outcomes
  • planning and organising skills, which contribute to long-term and short-term strategic planning
  • self-management skills, which contribute to employee satisfaction and growth
  • learning skills, which contribute to ongoing improvement and expansion in employee and company operations and outcomes
  • technology skills, which contribute to effective execution of tasks.

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