ERIC Number: ED399484
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Employability Skills Profile: What Are Employers Looking For?
One of the goals of education in Canada is to prepare young people to participate in paid work, either as employees or self-employed. Many educators faced the challenge of preparing youth for the highly competitive and changing global marketplace by calling on employers to articulate and communicate their needs. In an attempt to address the changing skills needed to be successful in the workforce, the Conference Board of Canada developed an Employability Skills Profile, based on input from employers and validated by a wide range of stakeholders. Twenty-five major employers stated that employers in Canada were looking for people possessing the following traits: (1) ability to communicate, think, and continue to learn throughout life; (2) ability to demonstrate positive attitudes and behaviors, responsibility, and adaptability; and (3) ability to work with others. The Profile, which is presented as a table, has become a benchmark which educators, counselors, and businesses use to identify the foundational skills necessary for successful living. (RB)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student Services, Greensboro, NC.; Canadian Guidance and Counselling Foundation, Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada