Measuring Employability Skills – A Rapid Review to Inform Development of Tools for Project Evaluation

This report summarizes a brief review of relevant literature undertaken to assess the potential for developing a new tool to support the evaluation of projects aiming to enhance young people’s ‘employability skills’: those personal, social and transferable skills seen as relevant to all jobs, as opposed to specific technical skills or qualifications. Firstly, we consider the importance of employability skills and rationale for their measurement. Next, we clarify key terms and definitions, highlight challenges in terms of assessment and evaluation, and review existing guidance and for providers. The final section of the report provides a synthesis of seven recent evaluations that included assessment of young people’s employability skills. This synthesis provides live examples of some of the challenges identified in the literature review. The report concludes with a summary of the overall state of play on measuring
employability skills.