|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.
- Resources: allocating time, money, materials, space, staff;
- Interpersonal skills: working on teams, teaching others, serving customers, leading, negotiating, and working well with people from culturally diverse backgrounds.
- Information: acquiring and evaluating data; organizing and maintaining files, interpreting information, and using computers to process information.
- Systems: understanding social, organizational, and technological systems, monitoring and correcting performance, and designing or improving systems.
- Technology: selecting equipment and tools, applying technology to specific tasks, and maintaining and troubleshooting technologies.
- Basic Skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and mathematics.
- Thinking Skills: thinking creatively, making decisions, solving problems, seeing things in the mind's eye, knowing how to learn, and reasoning.
- Personal Qualities: individual responsibility, self-esteem, sociability, self-management and integrity.