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Bringing workforce planning into a skills-based level of assessment requires cataloging the skills required by the positions to be included, identifying the availability of those skills in the current workforce, determining future needs, and creating a gap analysis to reveal the requirements for subsequent skills acquisition and development. Skills are defined as the ability to use knowledge in the successful completion of a task. Examples include problem-solving, collaboration, use of a tool, etc.
A skills taxonomy defines, measures, and organizes all relevant skills into a hierarchy. This is created in one of four primary ways: