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.