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Building Blocks Model

To ensure that the Building Blocks model reflects the foundational knowledge and skills needed by today's workforce, ETA conducted a review of the 22 industry models in the Clearinghouse and analyzed the various changes our industry partners have made to Tiers 1-3 over time. Based on this review we have consolidated the information to update the Building Blocks model to ensure those competencies accurately reflect the workforce needs of industry. As part of this update, ETA also reviewed other competency frameworks, including the Department of Education's Employability Skills Framework and the National Network of Business and Industry Associations' Common Employability Skills.

The updated model features new information on Sustainable Practices and Health and Safety. It also includes a revised Basic Computer Skills block and updated key behaviors in several competency areas, as well as changes designed to promote equitable access to jobs for all jobseekers. For more information, download the Summary of Changes here.

The industry model frameworks are based on the competency model building blocks which are modified to meet the industry needs. Scroll down to view the Building Blocks. OR Click on the left menu bar to select another model.

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Generic Building Blocks Competency Model

Generic Building Blocks Pyramid

Interpersonal Skills  Displaying the skills to work effectively with others from diverse backgrounds. Integrity  Displaying strong moral principles and work ethic. Professionalism  Maintaining a professional presence. Initiative  Demonstrating a commitment to effective job performance by taking action on one`s own and following through to get the job done. Dependability and Reliability  Displaying responsible behaviors at work. Adaptability and Flexibility  Displaying the capability to adapt to new, different or changing requirements. Lifelong Learning  Demonstrating a commitment to self-development and improvement of knowledge and skills. Reading  Understanding written sentences, paragraphs, and figures in work-related documents on paper, on computers, or adaptive devices. Writing  Using standard business English to compile information and prepare written documents on paper, on computers, or adaptive devices. Mathematics  Using principles of mathematics to express ideas and solve problems on paper, on computers, or adaptive devices. Science and Technology  Using scientific rules and methods to express ideas and solve problems on paper, on computers, or adaptive devices. Communication  Listening, speaking, and signaling so others can understand using a variety of methods, including hearing, speech, American Sign Language, instant messaging, text-to-speech devices, etc. Critical and Analytic Thinking  Using logical thought processes to analyze information and draw conclusions. Basic Computer Skills  Using information technology and related applications, including adaptive devices and software, to convey and retrieve information. Teamwork  Working cooperatively with others to complete work assignments. Customer Focus  Efficiently and effectively addressing the needs of clients/customers. Planning and Organizing  Planning and prioritizing work to manage time effectively and accomplish assigned tasks. Creative Thinking  Generating innovative and creative solutions. Problem Solving and Decision-Making  Generating, evaluating, and implementing solutions to problems. Working with Tools and Technology  Selecting, using, and maintaining tools and technology, including adaptive tools and technology, to facilitate work activity (with accommodation when necessary). Scheduling and Coordinating  Making arrangements that fulfill all requirements as efficiently and economically as possible. Checking, Examining, and Recording  Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/digital format, including adaptive devices and software. Business Fundamentals  Using information on basic business principles, trends, and economics. Sustainable Practices  Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Health and Safety  Complying with procedures for a safe and healthy work environment. Staffing  Informing  Delegating  Networking  Monitoring Work  Entrepreneurship  Supporting Others  Motivating and Inspiring  Developing and Mentoring  Strategic Planning/Action  Preparing and Evaluating Budgets  Clarifying Roles and Objectives  Managing Conflict and Team Building  Developing an Organizational Vision  Monitoring and Controlling Resources  Click here to search for O*NET Occupational Competencies Profiles