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Workforce Education LAB

Frameworks for Planning Workforce Education: SCANS Commission (Secretary of Labor's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills)

In 1992 the Secretary of Labor's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills surveyed a group of business and education leaders to identify the skills that adults needed for success in the workplace. The group named five workplace competencies and three foundation skills.

Workplace Competencies

  1. Resources: allocating time, money, materials, space, staff;

  2. Interpersonal skills: working on teams, teaching others, serving customers, leading, negotiating, and working well with people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

  3. Information: acquiring and evaluating data; organizing and maintaining files, interpreting information, and using computers to process information.

  4. Systems: understanding social, organizational, and technological systems, monitoring and correcting performance, and designing or improving systems.

  5. Technology: selecting equipment and tools, applying technology to specific tasks, and maintaining and troubleshooting technologies.

Foundation Skills

  1. Basic Skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and mathematics.

  2. Thinking Skills: thinking creatively, making decisions, solving problems, seeing things in the mind's eye, knowing how to learn, and reasoning.

  3. Personal Qualities: individual responsibility, self-esteem, sociability, self-management and integrity.