General skills that are essential for job success but are not necessarily linked to specific occupational knowledge. The Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) Report, released in 1991 by the U.S. Department of Labor, identified core foundation skills (e.g., reading, critical thinking, and sociability) and workplace competencies (e.g., skills that deal with resource and information management, interpersonal skills, technology and systems skills) that are considered to be universal employability skills.
Transferable core skill groups that represent essential functional and enabling knowledge, skills, and attitudes required by the 21st century workplace. They are necessary for career success at all levels of employment and for all levels of education. See also Generic skills; Graduate skills
The core competencies required in all work settings. The Conference Board of Canada's Employability Skills Profile identifies three critical groups of skills: academic, personal management, and teamwork.