Literacy and Workforce Capabilities

  • Marilyn Kell
  • Peter Kell
Part of the Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (EDAP, volume 24)


Ways to develop the soft skills and employability capabilities of students is a key question explored in this chapter. Using graduate attributes in Australian higher education, this chapter provides guidance on how systems can break the dependence on examinations and introduce more employment related assessment. Examples from Australia are documented and discussed and the capabilities, that provide the basis for soft skills are discussed. This chapter also provides a case study from Hong Kong where a secondary school has developed and utilised work-based learning to develop employability skills and provide alternative pathways to academic and traditional learning. The chapter concludes by suggesting that language and literacy needs to be situated within real life experience and active learning conducted in the workplace or the community.


Vocational Education Generic Skill Soft Skill Employability Skill Generic Competency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marilyn Kell
    • 1
  • Peter Kell
    • 2
  1. 1.Charles Darwin UniversityDarwinAustralia
  2. 2.School of EducationCharles Darwin UniversityDarwinAustralia

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