About Employability Skills

What are employability skills?

Employability Skills can be defined as the transferable skills that make someone employable.

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) says that employers want to recruit people with abilities such as applied literacy, numeracy and digital skills and good self-management (the way you present yourself to others).

The Skills Builder Partnership identifies eight ‘essential skills’ that people can develop, including leadership, speaking and listening.

Inspired by the CBI and Skills Builder concepts, the Employability Passport focuses on ten employability skills that will help you to succeed in any career:

  • Aiming high
  • Application of digital technology
  • Application of numeracy
  • Communication and literacy
  • Creativity
  • Teamwork
  • Problem-solving
  • Leadership
  • Resilience
  • Self-management.