What are the employability skills?
These are the skills that have been identified by employers as being important for a worker to have if they are going to consider offering them a job. These skills are the ones seen most commonly appearing in job advertisements for a wide range of positions.
There are seven skills that make up the ‘employability skills’. These are:
- positive attitude
- thinking skills
- willingness to learn
These seven skills are important to employers, because if you are able to show that you have them, employers can learn a lot about you. It is not just what you have on your CV which decides whether you will get a job or not, but whether you can show you have the right skills.
All of these can be learnt by doing activities not only in school but also outside of it. For example, joining the school kapa haka group, or playing for your local rugby team could help improve your teamwork, or joining a class to learn a new language could help with your willingness to learn.
You will not necessarily need all of these to get a job, but they will help prove to an employer the value you can bring to their business or organisation.