DEFINE CAREER-READINESS SKILLS

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SkillsUSA FRAMEWORK

The SkillsUSA Framework defines career-readiness and is the source for the development of the organization’s educational programs, resources and products. The framework was created in 2014 because SkillsUSA realized the need for students — future employees — to be able to intentionally develop and communicate their abilities with respect to employability skills. In a survey, more than 1,000 employers stated that their greatest need when seeking new hires is to have access to job candidates who possess the skills identified within the SkillsUSA Framework. The framework communicates SkillsUSA’s definition of the career-ready individual. Within it, 17 Essential Elements are divided among three components: personal skills, workplace skills, and technical skills grounded in academics. The SkillsUSA Framework is essential to our mission because it serves as the blueprint for career readiness and a benchmark for measuring student success — our ultimate goal as an organization. This approach actualizes SkillsUSA’s mission to “empower members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.”

career readiness Credentials

Career Essentials Credential
An individual’s successful completion of the requirements for the Career Essentials Credential at their respective age level indicates their proficiency in the understanding and application of the career readiness competencies, sourced in the SkillsUSA Framework Essential Elements. Each individual who earns the credential establishes and maintains a career readiness portfolio which demonstrates their transferrable career readiness skills and ability to successfully contribute to their place of work.

Exploratory Micro-credential
Students that complete the Exploratory course and post-assessment at a level of 80% earn the Exploratory micro-credential, indicating their achievement of the objectives and goals of the course.

Fundamental Micro-credential
Students that complete the Fundamental course and post-assessment at a level of 80% earn the Fundamental micro-credential, indicating their achievement of the objectives and goals of the course.