Illinois Essential Employability Skills Framework and Self-Assessment

Illinois WorkNet

The Illinois Essential Employability Skills Framework and Self-Assessment offers standard statewide definitions of the employability skills to align instruction and plan programming.

What This Includes

Skills addressed: Active Listening, Integrity, Attitude, Professionalism, Dependability, Diversity & Equity, Critical Thinking, Cooperation, Teamwork

Essential Employability Skills Framework resources

  • Framework with four major areas, Personal Ethic, Work Ethic, Communication Skills, and Teamwork
  • Sub-categories of skills for each of the four categories, such as Integrity and Respect, with descriptions of actions and behaviors that demonstrate competency in each skill

Essential Employability Skills Program Self-Assessment

  • Tool description and suggestions for use
  • Self-assessment tool to guide program component alignment with the Illinois Essential Employability Skills framework
  • Self-assessment tool for instructors to identify and track classroom activities or work-based learning activities that align with the framework

Key Takeaways

  • State departments of education and workforce development agencies can use this framework and self-assessment tool as a model to develop similar tools using information from their area business community and education leaders.
  • Adult education and work-based education program administrators can use the self-assessment tool to develop program planning and development goals for alignment with the employability framework.
  • Although this was designed for the State of Illinois, adult education instructors in any state can use the self-assessment tool to reflect on and track how they are teaching employability skills.
  • Workforce development agencies can use the framework and the self-assessment tool to plan programming that aligns with this framework or one developed for their area.

The Illinois Essential Employability Skills Framework and Self-Assessment was developed by the Illinois Essential Employability Skills Taskforce comprised of a diverse group of partners from state agencies, businesses, educational entities, and community groups such as the Illinois College Board, Kishwaukee College, Associated Builders and Contractors, and the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council. This document is found on the Illinois WorkNet website.

Adaptability & Flexibility


Critical & Creative Thinking

Leadership & Initiative

Respecting Differences


Teamwork & Collaboration

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