Australian Skills Classification – a common language for skills

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The new Australian Skills Classification provides a connection between labour market analysis and skills needs.

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For the first time in Australia, the new Australian Skills Classification provides a connection between labour market analysis and skills needs.

The job market can be difficult to navigate, especially when moving around, changing careers, or even starting out. Fine tuning your skills-set can be what is needed.

But how to get on the right skills-track? The National Skills Commission (NSC) is offering a new way of identifying the range of skills linked to occupations - the Australian Skills Classification.

The Australian Skills Classification includes skills profiles for 600 occupations. These skill profiles comprise three elements – core competencies, specialist tasks and technology tools – and clearly outline what skills are required for Australian occupations, and the relationships between them.

This can be useful in identifying transferrable skills between jobs, workforce skills gaps, business diversification opportunities, and training package update requirements.

National Skills Commissioner, Adam Boyton said introducing the Australian Skills Classification is a significant initiative.

“The Classification provides the key to identifying the portfolio of skills and skills gaps at the individual, business and economy wide level,” Mr Boyton said.

“It supports users to improve how they translate skills into real world tasks.”

The identification of skills clusters offers a new and unique way of looking at the labour market. Skills that are like one another are clustered together.

"If you can do one task in a skills cluster, you can likely do the others,” Mr Boyton said.

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