Submissions inviting the Australian government to drop ‘soft’ skills

In late 2019 the Australian Government invited the public to write submissions on:

  • Co-designing the National Skills Commission
  • Co-designing the National Careers Institute
  • Senior Secondary Pathways into Work, Further Education and Training

My three submissions each made a case for dropping the use of ‘soft’ skills when it comes to skills terminology. Specifically material was provided about:

  • The contested nature of skills discourse.
  • The problematic nature of skills discourse and in particular the inaccurate and unhelpful nature of the technical/non-technical, and ‘soft’/’hard’ distinctions.
  • The need for national leadership in using accurate, current, unbiased skills language.
  • The problematic nature of pathways language and its negative influence on VET.

You can read these submissions via these links:

Dr Ann Villiers, career coach, writer and author, is Australia’s only Mental Nutritionist specialising in mind and language practices that help people build flexible thinking, confident speaking and quality connections with people.