Changes to the Skills and Competencies Taxonomy

SCT 2019 updates

Summary of changes

July 2019, was the time of the first publication of the SCT. It was released on the Employment and Social Development Canada National Occupational Classification website. It was also published in August 2019 in the LMI Outlook Report #16, Connecting Skills to Occupations: a short think piece for identifying skills from the NOC, from the Labour Market Information Council.

Initially there were under each category:

  • Skills: 47 descriptors listed under 5 sub-categories
  • Skills and Personal Attributes: 85 descriptors listed under 5 sub-categories
  • Knowledge: 46 descriptors listed under 11 sub-categories
  • Area of Interest: 11 descriptors listed under 2 sub-categories
  • Work Context: 84 descriptors listed under 5 sub-categories
  • Work Activities: 66 descriptors listed under 5 sub-categories
  • Tools and Technologies: descriptors are not counted in the Taxonomy but will be counted through the Occupational and Skills Information System

During the development of the Taxonomy, the Essential Skills (a product of ESDC-Bureau of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) were integrated into the first edition of the Taxonomy in July 2019. In May 2021, ESDC-Office of Skills for Success (formerly BACE) released a new model entitled Skills for Success. While there is common meaning between the descriptors in the Taxonomy and the Skills for Success model, there are some differences in their definitions explained by distinct purposes between the two models. The Taxonomy is a product directly related to the world of work and occupations, while the Skills for Success model is a product designed to help people become active members of their communities, succeed in learning and achieve in the world of work. The Skills for Success model is intended for individual learners, employers and trainers. Each competency has a series of components that simplify the learning steps to achieve the goal of mastering the given competency in the context of a specific occupation. The Skills and Competencies Taxonomy is a tool for analysts, researchers, employment counsellors, and employers, as well as for anyone embarking on a job or career search, such as job seekers, students, and their parents. Endnotes are added in the Taxonomy for descriptors covered in the Skills for Success model.

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