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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, supporting an individual's personal development from absolute beginner through to mastery. It takes soft skills and puts rigour behind them.

In the workplace, the Skills Builder Universal Framework can be used to support personal and professional development as well as improve leadership skills of both individuals and their teams. Businesses can also use the Framework in their recruitment practices, as well as in outreach and work experience programmes.

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Our Reach

Individuals reached

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.

Some of our partners
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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
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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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