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CTE Content Areas

Employability Profile

CR 100.5 (d)(6)(iv)(2)(v) a work skills employability profile to document student attainment of technical knowledge, work-related skills, endorsements and licenses 


  1. Technical knowledge—Practical knowledge and skills specific to a particular CTE career area 
  2. Work-related skills—Universal knowledge and skills for employment that do not depend upon technical knowledge and are applicable to any career area, e.g., communication skills, teamwork, work ethic, CDOS 3a (universal foundation skills), etc.  
  1. Endorsements—Certifications and/or industry credentials as they relate to specific programs of study, e.g., ASE, AWS, Microsoft Office, NYSED-Approved CTE Program Technical Endorsement, etc. 
  1. Licenses—Professional licensure as it relates to a specific program of study, e.g., Cosmetologist, CNA, FAA, etc. (to be included only if applicable to the program) 


Employability Profile Components 

  • Reflects the program of study and aligns with program content, skills acquired from work-based learning experiences, and skills from the technical assessment 
  • Identifies technical knowledge and work-related skills as actionable tasks and practices that can be measured  
  • Includes work-related skills based on professional standards, which can include CDOS 3a (universal foundation skills), CCTC Career Ready Practices, 21st Century Skills, and others where appropriate
  • Contains a clear rating scale with measurable indicators for student achievement  
  • Identifies end of program outcomes, such as endorsements and/or licensure 


Employability Profile Practices

  • Employability profiles typically range from two to four pages in length 
  • Evaluation of the technical knowledge and work-related skills must be completed by the instructor, and may also be completed in conjunction with a WBL coordinator or appropriate faculty where applicable  
  • Employability profiles must be revised, updated, and reviewed on a regular basis with the student 


Exemplar Employability Profiles Also Include

  • Space for qualitative feedback that will give the employer a better idea of the student’s skills 
  • Space for students to self-evaluate their skills  
  • Technical knowledge and work-related skills organized by unit/content area/course 


Sample Questions to Guide Employability Profile Discussion

  • How has the employability profile been updated in the last five years?
  • What updates to the curriculum or changes in technical assessment need to be reflected in the profile?
  • Are any improvements to the instrument itself needed to make it easier to use?







These templates are intended to serve as a guide/example and may be used at the district’s discretion. Districts are not required to use these templates and are welcome to develop their own instruments that align with the components and practices outlined above.