ERIC Number: ED426295
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Work Force Education: Beyond Technical Skills. Trends and Issues Alert No. 1.
This brief suggests that during the past 2 decades, the skills needed to succeed in the workplace have changed significantly. Technical skills remain important, but, increasingly, employers recognize another category of skills crucial to a worker's ability to work "smarter, not harder." These "soft,""core,""nontechnical,""essential,""generic," and "new basic" skills are required for organizations to adopt new forms of organization and management in which workers operate in teams with greater autonomy and accountability. A number of factors have converged to bring about the development of this set of employability competencies, including workplaces that place an emphasis on high performance jobs that require high skills and employer dissatisfaction with job applicants because of their competencies in areas other than technical skills. Current and future employers mention these skills most frequently as being essential: knowing how to learn; competence in reading, writing, and computation; effective listening and oral communication skills; adaptability through creative thinking and problem solving; personal management with strong self-esteem and initiative; interpersonal skills; ability to work in teams or groups; leadership effectiveness; and basic technology skills. (Contains 16 annotations of resources that can help practitioners provide a new focus to their education and training efforts.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Annotated Bibliographies, Basic Skills, Communication Skills, Competence, Creative Thinking, Employment Potential, Interpersonal Competence, Job Skills, Leadership, Learning Strategies, Lifelong Learning, Listening Skills, Occupational Information, Problem Solving, Staff Development
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.