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One day, everyone will build the essential skills to succeed

Essential Skills

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Essential skills unlock learning in the classroom, boosting academic outcomes, perseverance and self belief. They halve the likelihood of being out of work, and increase earnings across a lifetime. They even boost wellbeing and life satisfaction.

But access to these skills isn’t fair. And where they are missed, it undermines social mobility, productivity and wellbeing.

We think everyone, at every stage of their lives, should have the opportunities to build them.

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Our Approach

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School years
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College & University
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Early Career
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Mid-career onwards

The product of five years’ cutting-edge research and design, the Skills Builder Universal Framework makes it possible for everyone to teach, learn, and measure essential skills.

The Framework breaks each of the eight skills down into a sequence of steps, taking individuals from being an absolute beginner through to mastery. It takes soft skills and puts rigour behind them.

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Our Reach


Skills Builder Partnership is a global group of businesses, education institutions, and impact organisations.

We are all committed to using the Skills Builder approach to transform how the world builds essential skills.

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Work with us

The Partnership is growing quickly. Join us to benefit from expert support in building and assessing essential skills in your organisation – whether you are a business, education institution or impact organisation.

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Align your outreach, recruitment, and staff development to boost essential skills across your business
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Transform your learners’ essential skills development at all ages through working with us.
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Impact Organisations
Demonstrate your programmes’ impact and join a movement of like-minded organisations
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Free tools and resources

You can get started right away with our free tools and resources to build essential skills.

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Skills Builder Benchmark
For individuals to reflect and self-assess their essential skills, and get insights and guidance‍

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Skills Builder Launchpad
For individuals to build their essential skills step-by-step through engaging short modules

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Skills Builder Hub
For educators to assess and teach learners essential skills through short lessons and projects

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Skills Builder Homezone
For parents and carers to work with their children to build and practice their essential skills

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