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Employability skills for the future.

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Commonwealth Minister for Education, Science and Training

Media Release


23 May 2002, MIN 77/02

A new report released today gives Australians new information on the skills required to gain employment, how to achieve their potential and how to contribute successfully to their work environment.

The ‘The Employability Skills for the Future’ report aims to improve understanding of what makes a good employee and establish a new approach to developing employability skills in the Australian education and training sectors.

The report emphasises the importance of workplace skills such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, initiative, planning and organisation.

It confirms that business and industry now require a broader range of skills than the Mayer Key Competencies framework that was developed in the early 1990s.

The report shows that managers in large enterprises believe that the rate of change in the enterprise, nature of technology used and level of international activity are factors which impact on employability skills required of today’s employees.

Managers also revealed that personal attributes were as important as other employability skills, and that learning skills and self-management skills should also be included in the new framework.

The findings of the report will now be provided for consideration by the education and training sectors including through the MCEETYA Taskforce on Transition from School, the National Training Quality Council and the Australian Vice-Chancellors’ Committee.

The report was produced by the Business Council of Australia (BCA) and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) in consultation with other peak employer bodies with Commonwealth funding from the Department of Education, Science and Training and the Australian National Training Authority. I commend BCA and ACCI for this important research initiative. It will add to the body

of knowledge on generic skills and, along with other research findings, will inform further policy development.

The report can be viewed on the Department of Education, Science and Training’s web

For further information: Dr Nelson’s Office: Ross Hampton 0419 484 095

DEST: Liz De Luca 02 6240 8363