Employability Skills

For some time now, our work with Redeployment clients in Vocational Rehabilitation has included a focus on Employability Skills.

When applying for a new job, regardless of the circumstances, preparing an application will be easier if you understand:

  • What employability skills are
  • Why they are important
  • How to assess the skills you already have
  • How to demonstrate your skills in a job application or interview
  • How to identify skill gaps and areas for skills development

At Tidswell Consulting, we use the Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework (the CSfW) to assist our clients to identify, articulate and where necessary, develop their Employability Skills.

What are Employability Skills?

The Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework (the CSfW) describes a set of non-technical skills, knowledge and understandings that underpin successful participation in work. Participation in work could be as an employee, as someone who is self-employed, or as a volunteer  (Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education and Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Commonwealth of Australia 2013).

In other words - To apply for jobs, and to perform at work, an individual must have a level of skill in navigating the world of work, interacting with others, planning and organising, making decisions, solving problems and working in a digital world.

The Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework

We use the CSfW with Vocational Rehabilitation clients for facilitated self-assessment:

The facilitation is important because:

  • We have tailored the CSfW document for ease of use for self-assessment.
  • We provide additional information and career counselling expertise to assist clients to make a self-assessment (eg. explanation of key terms and definitions, assistance in identifying and mapping experiences to the Core Skills).
  • We can guide the client to quickly identify which developmental stage they are operating at for particular skills. The CSfW describes what an individual knows, understands and is able to do, at each of the five stages for development from novice to expert.
  • We focus on strengths.  The CSfW provides the language for the client to articulate their skills, and evidence them in job applications.
  • We incorporate goal setting into the client’s broader Vocational Rehabilitation Program if skill deficiencies are identified.  The next performance stage provides a guide for clients to develop in the relevant skills areas.

Vocational Rehabilitation Interventions

Tidswell Consulting is registered by the Department of Education and Training to use the Foundation Skills Assessment Tool (FSAT).  The FSAT is a tool to assess an individual’s Foundation Skills (English language, literacy and numeracy) and Employability Skills – referenced to the CSfW.

As a Vocational Rehabilitation Provider, we have identified the seven specific Core Skills for Work that we believe are critical for successful transition to new employment.  We have identified the minimum developmental stage for each.  Our registration to use the FSAT provides a sound method of assessment to guide skills development interventions in these seven critical skill areas.

Attention Insurers, Vocational Rehabilitation Providers, Career Development Practitioners, Jobactive Providers:  If you would like to arrange an Employability Skills Assessment and Report for one of your clients, please contact Kim Tidswell to discuss.