Kahuna's skills matrix helps you visualize your workforce skills gaps.

But to get the most out of this data, you have to build the right foundation. Download Kahuna's how-to guide and template to get started with your operational skilling program, and learn how to build a comprehensive skills framework that fully represents the needs of your business.

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Resources for a sustainable skills management program

What is Skills Management Software?

Learn what skills management is and how using skills management software and verified skills data can help you drive strategic business decisions.

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Implementing Skills Management

To implement skills management effectively within your organization, think of it as a complete business program made up of 4 processes: Curate, Assign, Assess, and Develop.

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Staffing Your Skills Program For Success

Our Roles & Responsibilities Template guides you in staffing your skills management program with the right people to sustain your skills project long-term.

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Risks of Mismanaging Skills Management

Establishing a strategy for how your organization will manage your skills program helps you avoid a wasted investment and achieve a future-proof program.

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Leading organizations plan and develop talent with Kahuna skills management

“We are now able to identify critical talent and capabilities essential to the long-term success of our organization. We have increased transparency and shortened time to determine development priorities. This data has proven critical due to how essential our people are to organizational success now and in the future. We can identify development needs and the emerging skills essential to future growth."

- Global Talent and Learning Technology Manager, Aggreko


Develop, standardize, and digitize your skills and capabilities

Navigating through the roles and requirements of your organization to create a standard skills framework can be overwhelming. Our skills matrix template will walk you through the process, teaching you:

  • Which skills to prioritize throughout your organization, and how.
  • What your skills content could look like in Kahuna's digitized system.
  • Why a digitized skills management program leads to better operational outcomes.

Skills Matrix Template

Track and validate the skills that meet the dynamic needs of your business

Build Your Skills Framework

Match the structure of your skills library to the organizational structure of the business and business units.

Prioritize Skills Development

Focus on the skills associated with your top business drivers and your most important operational outcomes.

Define the Right Skills

Define the detailed skills for the highest priority facilities, departments, or teams, and align them to your business processes.

Frequently asked questions about a skills and capability matrix

What is a skills matrix?

A skills matrix is a grid-like tool that displays required skills and proficiencies in correlation to job roles. It provides a centralized, visual representation of skill requirements, what skills are available within your workforce, and where gaps exist. An ideal skills matrix is housed in a digitized skills management software, and provides data-driven insights into workforce skills at a variety of levels - individual employees, teams, and organizational divisions, 

Why is a skills matrix important?

A skills matrix makes your workforce data more accessible, convenient, and reviewable. When you’re able to see this data in one comprehensive picture, you can spend less time searching through files, and more time acting on the data the skills matrix gives you. Here are a few examples: project staffing, skills gap analysis, capability building, and succession planning.

How do you create a skills matrix?

To create a useful skills matrix, you need to first establish a skills framework that fully reflects the needs of your business. Kahuna's skills matrix template provides guidance on how to create, prioritize, organize, and digitize your workforce skills in a skills matrix. 

What is the difference between a skills matrix and a competency matrix?

The main difference between a skills matrix and a competency matrix is the terminology. No matter the name, the visual tool displays an employee or team's proficiency level against various skills, competencies, knowledge, experiences, and abilities associated with their job role or roles. Organizational leaders and managers can use the matrix view to understand and identify skills gaps, and strategically build and deploy teams.

What are the benefits of a skills matrix?

A skills matrix provides ample benefits to the organization, enabling a better understanding of current workforce skills, competencies, knowledge, experiences, and capabilities.

  • Centralize disparate sources of skills data for a single, granular view of your workforce skills and capabilities.
  • Visualize skills at an individual, team, or organizational level.
  • Staff and deploy teams according to skill level.
  • Identify and close skill gaps among employees with targeted training and development initiatives.
  • Support employees in their development journeys.
  • Create succession plans in the case of employee attrition or unexpected absences.
  • Stay ahead of competitors with a fully skilled, qualified workforce at all times.
  • Inform business decisions across the company with validated skills data.

Get visibility into your workforce with Kahuna's skills matrix

Organizations with clear visibility into their workforce skills can proactively plan for the future of work, make data-driven workforce decisions, and be competitive in the marketplace. Talk with one of our experts and we'll help you build a business case for skills and competency management.