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April 2021: Introducing Skills Builder Launchpad!


This month, we're excited to introduce Skills Builder Launchpad, our new online resource platform for individuals to build their own essential skills at every stage of life. Learn more and register for free at

We're also delighted to invite you to Skills Builder Partnership Day 2021 on Friday 14 May! Compacted down into just 90 minutes, it's a great chance to learn more about what has been going on across the partnership this year, with talks from some of the educators, employers, and impact organisations in the Partnership - as well as our plans for the future. You can confirm your place here.


  • New jobs available - We're looking for fantastic people to join our team
  • Apply for the Accelerator - Our flagship programme for schools & colleges
  • Essential Skills Academy - Train to build essential skills on work placements
  • New organisations - See all the newest partners to join the Partnership
  • Watch our latest education webinar - All about creating sustainable change

Scroll down to see all the latest. See you next month!

Tom Ravenscroft
Founder & CEO, Skills Builder Partnership

Introducing Skills Builder Launchpad

We are excited to announce the introduction of Skills Builder Launchpad - our new online resource platform for individuals to build their own essential skills at every stage of life. Skills Builder Launchpad can support specific development priorities or guide you through a choice of courses based on the essential skills. It provides interactive modules for every step of the Skills Builder Universal Framework.

It will support you to:

  • Identify key concepts and strategies related to the skill step.
  • Practice the skill step with a choice of interactive online and offline activities.
  • Articulate your understanding of the skill step through written reflection or discussion with a mentor.

Learn more and register free

You're invited to Partnership Day 2021

The Skills Builder team are delighted to invite you to our annual Partnership Day, which will take place from 09:00-10:30 on Friday 14 May. It's your chance to:

  • Learn more about what has been going on across the partnership this year
  • Be inspired by great spotlight talks from some of the educators, employers, and impact organisations in the Partnership
  • Have a space to think about the bigger picture of our collective work, and where we can go next

We will be announcing speakers nearer the time, and look forward to seeing you there.

Confirm your place

New Education Associate job available

Deadline: 27th April

Are you an outstanding teacher, who wants to transform skills education? If you want to be part of an inspiring team, and benefit from opportunities for rapid growth, development and challenge, we want to hear from you.

Learn more and apply

Apply for the Skills Builder Accelerator

Round 2 is open for the Accelerator, our flagship programme for schools and colleges. Join the Partnership in 2021-22 and work with us to develop  a complete strategy for teaching essential skills in your institution, including training and support, tools and resources - resulting in real impact for your students. Institutions outside the UK can apply for the Global Accelerator.

95% of Skills Leaders reporting meaningful impact across their institution in the first term. Join a movement of leaders equipping students with the skills to succeed.

Hear from this year's Skills Leaders in this video and click read stories from Primaries, Secondaries, Colleges and Special schools.

Round 2 deadline: Friday 28th May

Learn more and apply online

Introducing the Essential Skills Academy

Get access to a fully-resourced training course supporting your work placement participants to make measurable progress in employability skills, underpinned by the Skills Builder Framework. The course is designed to support:

  • Kickstart
  • Graduate Schemes
  • Apprenticeships
  • Internships
  • Work experience
  • Employability training

Our expert Skills Advisors can deliver remote training directly to your cohort, or we can provide train-the-trainer sessions to enable your team to deliver the course to your participants.

Learn more on our website

New impact partners

We're pleased to welcome a wide range of new organisations to the Skills Builder Partnership, including Changing Education - Connect, What's Your Strength?, Bikeworks, Inspire, Motivate, Overcome, Higher Education Outreach Network, North East LEP, Real Ideas Organisation (Badge Nation), Learning to Work, Horizons 6th Form, East London Business Alliance, Creative Arts East,  University of Buckingham, and Newcastle United Foundation. We're excited to work with all of them to build the Skills Builder approach into their existing programmes.

Check out all the organisations we work with

Education Webinar: Creating Sustainable Change

In March, schools and colleges on a Skills Builder programme were invited to attend our third education webinar. We talked to four of our schools and colleges about where they were in their Skills Builder journey, how they used the programme in their setting and their plans for 2021-22.

Watch the recording of the webinar to hear from our Skills Leaders, find out more about the award process and discover some new ideas and top tips for how to develop a long-term essential skills programme in your setting.

Watch the webinar