Concepts & International Standards
In a research context transferable skills are skills learned in one context (for example research) that are useful in another (for example future employment whether that is in research, business, etc). They enable subject- and research-related skills to be applied and developed effectively. Transferable skills may be acquired through training or through work experience.
(Definition by "Research Careers in Europe Landscape and Horizons. A report by the European Science Foundation", 2008, page 14)