Transferable skills

definition

Skills that are typically considered as not specifically related to a particular job, task, academic discipline or area of knowledge and that can be used in a wide variety of situations and work settings (for example, organizational skills).

example of use

According to the human capital theory (Becker, 1962; 1964) and in perfect labour market conditions, employers are only interested in paying for training that leads to the acquisition of specifi c skills that could be valuable to the fi rm, whereas individuals are also interested in developing general (or transferable) skills that are widely valued in the labour market as well as in other contexts (i.e. health, home, community and leisure) (Desjardins, Rubenson and Milana, 2006: 84).

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