Employee Skill and Educational Assessments Organizational


To effectively coach frontline workers to move ahead, you have to understand their current skillset and education level. Assessing their skills, college readiness, and career interests are good places to start, and there are many tools out there that measure a range of skills and attributes.  Assessment results are most often used to develop individual education plans with achievable learning milestones that guide an employee towards advancement opportunities, such as training to develop basic skills and work-based learning opportunities.


Assessments are a first step to advance a person’s education or career. Think carefully about who should administer the assessment, who has access to the results, and how the results are reported and used to help a person create a career plan.  Career coaches or case managers often administer assessments or partner organizations such as community-based organizations, workforce investment boards, or community colleges. It is important that both employees and managers understand that assessments are for development purposes only, will not be used for performance evaluation, compensation reviews, or as a condition of continued employment.

Here are some common types of skills and educational assessments*:

*These examples should not be taken as an endorsement by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions


A Guide to Upskilling America’s Frontline Worker’s: A Handbook for Employers, Deloitte, in collaboration with the Aspen Institute, 2015.

A handbook offering employers tools for assessing their capacity to upskill their workforce, make the business case, and initiate workforce development programs.

How to conduct a skills gap analysis, Workable.

This blog outlines four steps to conduct a skills gap analysis and links to additional resources.

Assessment Strategies and Reading Profiles: About Assessments, Literacy Information and Communications System.

A website with overviews and evaluations of literacy assessments.

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