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Tools You Can Use: DOL's Industry Competency Model Clearinghouse

Posted on 03/06/2013

Competency Model Clearinghouse

Need help developing curriculum or talking to employers about the skills needed in their industries? The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Competency Model Clearinghouse External link opens in new window or tab can help. The online resource provides validated industry competency models and tools External link opens in new window or tab that can be used as the basis of educational programs and curricula for a variety of industry sectors.

DOL's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) collaborates with other federal agencies and workforce development experts from industry, labor, and education to document the skills and competencies required in emerging and economically vital industries. ETA's goal is to ensure that workers have the knowledge and skills needed for success in jobs with good pay and advancement opportunities. The industry models support education and workforce development efforts serving as resources to:

  • Identify employer skill needs in changing and emerging industries;
  • Provide business services that support human resource functions such as recruitment, selection, and performance evaluation;
  • Develop or evaluate a competency-based curriculum;
  • Identify credential requirements for certifications, or licensure; or
  • Support career exploration and guidance.

The clearinghouse provides access to these industry-validated models as well as a collection of resources to support their use. The agency has developed over 20 models across a wide spectrum of industry sectors, from advanced manufacturing to health information, to transportation and logistics.

Each model can be a valuable resource for educators and administrators as they work to develop curricula and credentials relevant to employers. The models illustrate the cross-cutting competencies that are essential for success in an industry or industry sector. Industry competency models are based on a tiered building-blocks framework, resulting in a pyramid-shaped graphic that depicts how competencies become more specific as one travels up its tiers. The model's levels are divided into blocks representing the skills, knowledge, and abilities essential for successful performance in the industry or occupation represented by the model.

From the OVAE Connection External link opens in new window or tab newsletter of the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U. S. Department of Education, February 14, 2013.