Basic skills required for employability: A pictorial presentation


What are Employability Skills?


A set of attributes, skills and knowledge that all labour market participants should possess to ensure they have the capability of being effective in the workplace – to the benefit of themselves, their employer and the wider economy.’


—  Employability skills are the skills you have developed inside and outside of school that you can transfer to the workplace

—  Knowledge and abilities relating to a particular job

—  The ability to identify suitable job opportunities and self presentation for applications and interviews. You can’t rely on your academics alone to automatically open doors for you after school

—  Many students already have the employability skills companies are looking for – but they don’t realise it!

Recruiters Opinion about Indian Students

Basic Employability skills required

1. Honesty and integrity;

2. Basic literacy skills;

3. Basic oral communication skills ;

4. Reliability;

5. Being hardworking and having a good work ethic;

6. Numeracy skills;

7. A positive, ‘can do’ Attitude;

8. Punctuality;

9. The ability to meet deadlines; and

10. Team working and co-operation skills

Factors that impress employers

•      Honesty and integrity

•      IT skills

•      Reliability

•      Ability to work in teams


•   No one “right” way, but employability and enterprise must be central to education

•   Skills embedded in programmes

•   Leadership and mentoring module

•   Team working assignments

•   Use of leading-edge business simulation software
– cross disciplinary problems
– synthesising knowledge
– concentrates on “real world” application
– managing in an uncertain environment
– group dynamics


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