Employability

DEFINITION 1: Combination of factors (such as job-specific skills, soft skills) which enable individuals to progress towards or enter into employment, stay in employment and progress during their careers
SOURCE: Skills Panorama Glossary, Cedefop, European Union.
HYPERLINK: http://euskillspanorama.cedefop.europa.eu/en/glossary/e

 

DEFINITION 2: The combination of factors which enable individuals to progress towards or get into employment, to stay in employment and to progress during career.
COMMENT: employability of individuals depends on
(a) personal attributes (including adequacy of knowledge and skills);
(b) how these personal attributes are presented on the labour market;
(c) the environmental and social contexts (i.e. incentives and opportunities offered to update and validate their knowledge and skills); and
(d) the economic context.
SOURCES: based on Scottish executive, 2007; The Institute for employment studies, 2007

SOURCE: Terminology of European education and training policy-a selection of 100 key terms. CEDEFOP, Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2008.
HYPERLINK: http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/EN/publications/13125.aspx

 

RELATED TERMS: adaptability,lifelong learning

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