Introduction to Workforce Preparation Activities and Employability Skills

LINCS (Literacy Information and Communication System)

This self-paced, online course for adult educators and administrators provides an overview of workforce preparation activities and employability skills, and the importance of integrating them into curriculum and instruction.

What This Includes

Skills addressed: Basic Academic Skills, Critical Thinking, Digital Literacy, Self-Management, Utilizing Resources, Using Information, Working with Others, Understanding Systems, as well as other skills not listed here


  • Session 1 provides an overview of workforce preparation activities referenced in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
  • Session 2 explores frameworks and other resources for integrating workforce preparation activities and employability skills into curriculum and instruction
  • Comprehension checks, quizzes, and reflection opportunities in each session
  • Connection to online discussions and community of practice is available through LINCS
  • Users receive a certificate of completion through the LINCS Learning Portal

Key Takeaways

  • Skills frameworks explored in this course include the Transition Integration Framework (TIF) and the North Carolina Network for Excellence (NC-NET), and Employability Skills Resource Toolkit, all included in the Personal and Workplace Success Skills digital library.
  • The activities and reflections guide participants in locating resources that develop and incorporate workforce preparation activities and employability skills into curriculum and instruction.
  • For a deeper dive into implementing and integrating workforce preparation activities, users should also complete the second course in this series: Workforce Preparation Activities in the Classroom: Contextualizing Employability Skills for Deeper Learning.
  • To access the course from the LINCS learning portal home page, create an account to enroll in this course as well as any other available LINCS courses.

The Introduction to Workforce Preparation and Employability Skills course was published by the Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS), and was authored by Sandy Goodman, Director of National College Transition Network at World Education, Inc. LINCS is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), and offers resource collections, communities of practice, and a learning portal with free evidenced-based professional development courses.

Adaptability & Flexibility


Critical & Creative Thinking

Digital Literacy

Emotional Intelligence

Leadership & Initiative

Navigating & Using Information

Respecting Differences


Teamwork & Collaboration

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