New resource to support development of employability skills

Posted on 2017-02-28 by CM

A new resource is now available for students, employers and educators that describes the key employability skills young people need to enter the workplace – the Employability Skills Framework.

Employability skills include behaviours, attitudes, beliefs and personal qualities such as self-management and resilience. New Zealand and international employers tell us these skills are essential for getting and keeping a job. Employers recruiting staff look for these skills and capabilities alongside educational achievement, work experience and other essential skills in literacy, numeracy and ICT.

The Employability Skills Framework is the result of a cross-sector effort to provide school leaders, teachers, students, tertiary organisations, iwi, and employers with a common understanding of what employability skills are. This resource has been developed by the Pathways Advisory Group, a group made up of government agencies, education, employer and industry training representatives that has supported the development and implementation of Vocational Pathways. It is for young people, educators and employers to use, reference, and adapt. Versions of this resource are available in English and Te Reo Māori for students, employers and educators.

The framework is intended to support schools, tertiary education organisations, iwi and employers integrate employability skills into their programmes. It aligns with existing frameworks and research, including the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

It supports the Vocational Pathways by clearly describing core underpinning skills which make young people employable. The framework is also designed to help young people become aware of their own skills, identify areas where they need development, and help them to translate work relatable experiences from education to employers.

How to use the framework

The Employability Skills Framework, including guidance about how it can be used, can be found here.


More information about Employability skills can also be found on the CareersNZ website - click here.

We recommend using the Employability Skills Framework with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's new online resources about employing young people - click here.