Employability skills or “soft skills,” are essential and in demand for job seekers at all levels of employment. These same skills also prepare young people for college access and success. As mandated by Indiana law, the Governor’s Office, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the Indiana Department of Education, educators, and business leaders defined the employability skills standards for all students grades K-12. Specifically, these standards outline what organizations and employers across Indiana deem essential skills for their future employees and the workforce at large.
The IAN Employability Skills Toolkit will serve as a necessary means to provide direct instruction on the employability standards to prepare Indiana youth for the 21st-century workforce and/or set them on a path to a successful career through secondary education. This Toolkit will equip out-of-school time (OST) providers with a set of curricula, lesson plans, resources, and tools as they guide students on their college and career paths. Implementing this Toolkit in out-of-school time, a traditionally effective strategy, will fill the gap of these essential employability skills and enhance afterschool programming to successfully prepare the Indiana workforce of tomorrow.