What are Employability Skills?



“Employability skills are a set of attributes, skills and knowledge that all labour market participants should possess to ensure that they have the capacity of being effective in the workplace, to the benefit of themselves, their employer and the wider economy”.










There are 8 top employability skills:-


  • Self Management

  • Team Working

  • Problem Solving

  • Communication  – Application of Literacy

  • Business Awareness

  • Customer Care

  • Application of Numeracy

  • Application of IT



CBI, 2007


Generic employability skills comprise of a suite of ‘transferable skills’ which are independent of the occupational sectors and organisations in which individuals work, and which contribute to an individual’s overall employability by enhancing the capacity to adapt, learn and work independently”.


Skills for Business Network definition, 2007