Employability skills include:

Self-management – readiness to accept responsibility, flexibility, resilience, self-starting, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning

Team working – respecting others, co-operating, negotiating/persuading, contributing to discussions, and awareness of interdependence with others

Business and customer awareness – basic understanding of the key drivers for business success – including the importance of innovation and taking calculated risks – and the need to provide customer satisfaction and build customer loyalty

Problem solving – analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions

Communication and literacy – application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy – including listening and questioning

Application of numeracy – manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (e.g. measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae)

Application of information technology – basic IT skills, including familiarity with word processing, spreadsheets, file management and use of internet search engines

Underpinning all these attributes the key foundation must be a positive attitude: a ‘can-do’ approach, a readiness to take part and contribute, openness to new ideas and a drive to make these happen. Employers also value entrepreneurial graduates who demonstrate an innovative approach, creative thinking, bring fresh knowledge and challenge assumptions.

Useful Links

Log the skills employers are looking for by completing your own Employability Passport.

Find out what skills are needed in our local labour market at www.lmihumber.co.uk.

BT-Stand out Skills use the BT Standout Skills Guides to identify your employability skills.

Take the National Careers Service Skills Health Check to help you explore your skills, interests and motivations.

Discover your skills and careers with the National Careers Service online assessment tool.

The National Careers Service Skills Toolkit is made up of free courses to help you learn new skills or change jobs. Including general skills that apply to all sectors and more specialised skills.