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New national framework tailors training to the real world of work

02 Aug 2013

Jobseekers will be better equipped for work with the launch of a national framework that defines general 'employability' skills so they can be assessed and boosted where necessary.

Minister for Employment, Skills and Training Brendan O'Connor said the Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework will give much-needed clarity to an important element in what it takes to get and keep a job.

"Employers often say that young people are coming to them with technical skills but without the general skills to do their jobs," Mr O'Connor said.

"Similarly, many trainers and other people helping job seekers find it difficult to communicate the non-technical skills needed to succeed in the work environment - the simple but necessary things such as knowing how to interact with colleagues and deliver on a task you've been given.

"This framework will end the uncertainty in describing, teaching and talking about these skills, which are commonly known as employability or generic skills.

"The Core Skills for Work Development Framework is about making sure employers have confidence that education and training programs are producing job-ready workers," Mr O'Connor said.

"It describes performance features - from novice to expert levels - for a set of generic workplace skills including communicating for work, connecting and working with others, working with roles, rights and protocols, and identifying and solving problems.

"Curriculum writers and training package developers will be able to use a common set of descriptions to teach students the non-technical skills necessary to be successful at work and to develop programs that help students develop those skills.

"The jobs of tomorrow will require increasing levels of skill. The Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework is another way we are helping to equip Australians with the skills they need to meet the challenges and opportunities now and in the future."

More than 800 people have provided input the development of the Framework, including representatives of employers, unions and industry groups.

For more information about the Core Skills for Work Framework, visit

Media Contact: Minister O'Connor's office 02 6277 7320 

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