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Skills Forecast Resources

Skills Forecast ResourcesĀ 


Generic Workforce SkillsĀ 

As part of the Skills Forecast The Department of Education and Training asks stakeholders to rank 13 generic workforce skills in order of importance from 1 – 13, with 1 being of the most importance and 13 the least. Each generic workforce skills is outlined below.


Managerial / Leadership skills

  • Ability to effectively communicate with all functional areas in the organisation.
  • Ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes.
  • Ability to oversee processes, guide initiative and steer employees toward achievement of goals

Entrepreneurial skills

  • Ability to take any idea, whether it be a product and/or service, and turn that concept into reality and not only bring it to market, but make it a viable product and/or service.
  • Ability to focus on the very next step to get closer to the ultimate goal.
  • Ability to weather the ups and downs of any business.
  • Ability to sell ideas, products or services to customers, investors or employees etc.

Customer service / Marketing skills

  • Ability to interact with another human being, whether helping them find, choose or buy something.
  • Ability to supply customers’ wants and needs both via face to face interactions or digital technology.
  • Ability to manage online sales and marketing.
  • Ability to understand and manage digital products.

Financial skills

  • Ability to understand and apply core financial literacy concepts and metrics, streamlining processes such as budgeting, forecasting, and reporting, and stepping up compliance.
  • Ability to manage costs and resources, and drive efficiency.

Technology use and application skills

  • Ability to create and/or use of technical means, understand their interrelation with life, society, and the environment.
  • Ability to understand and apply a scientific or industrial processes, inventions, methods etc.
  • Ability to deal with increasing mechanisation and automation and computerisation.
  • Ability to do work from mobile devices rather than from paper.

Data analysis skills

  • Ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and understand data based reasoning.
  • Ability to use data effectively to improve programs, processes and business outcomes.
  • Ability to work with large amounts of data: facts, figures, number crunching, analysing results.

Communication / Collaboration including virtual collaboration/ Social intelligence skills

  • Ability to understand and apply the principles of creating more value for customers with fewer resources (lean manufacturing) and collaborative skills.
  • Ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms and leverage these media for persuasive communications.
  • Ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills

  • Foundation skills of literacy and numeracy.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills

  • Sciences, mathematics and scientific literacy.

Learning agility / Information literacy / Intellectual autonomy and self-management skills

  • Ability to identify a need for information.
  • Ability to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use and cite the information.
  • Ability to discriminate and filter information for importance.
  • Ability to do more with less.
  • Ability to quickly develop a working knowledge of new systems to fulfill the expectations of a job.
  • Ability to work without direct leadership and independently.

Environmental and Sustainability skills

  • Ability to focus on problem solving and the development of applied solutions to environmental issues and resource pressures at local, national and international levels.

Design mindset / Thinking critically / System thinking / Solving problems skills

  • Ability to adapt products to rapidly shifting consumer tastes and trends.
  • Ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed via technology.
  • Ability to understand how things that are regarded as systems influence one another within a complete entity, or larger system.
  • Ability to think holistically.

Other generic skills

  • This is a generic workforce skill not listed above, which you believe is important for work.

Identifying Emerging Trends

The Skills Forecast surveys include a section on emerging trends, in which we ask stakeholders to rank the impact (low to high) of key emerging trends on their industry. These key emerging trends are identified by AISC in their report, Future Skills and training, A practical resource to help identify future skills and training.
To view the report, click here.