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April 2022: New speakers confirmed for Partnership Day

We're into April!

March was a busy month after the publication of the Essential Skills Tracker. We shared our findings on this over on our social media, and saw several articles on the Tracker in external press.

It's also been great to visit Uganda and Kenya to work with government teams there as they look to make the Skills Builder approach part of the education curriculum. They are part of a pioneering group of 10 countries adapting Skills Builder into their context.

April's set to continue the momentum from March. In this newsletter:

  • Find out who's speaking at Partnership Day, and sign up to attend
  • Read our response to the Schools White Paper
  • Check out and share our current job vacancies
  • Learn about our employer programme
  • View what new organisations have attained Impact Levels

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


Tom Ravenscroft

Founder and CEO, Skills Builder Partnership

Join us at Partnership Day

Partnership Day is just over a month away. Join us at Allen & Overy in London, on May 18 09:00-14:00 BST, for a day packed full of networking and workshops from our different teams.

We've got some great speakers lined up. Our keynote speaker, Kirstie Donnelly, CEO of City & Guilds Group, will be talking about the role of essential skills across our lives and how we can better build them. We'll also be exploring essential skills in global contexts, hearing from international partners as well as Professor Anne Bamford, a world scholar for UNESCO, and Jo Owen, Founding Chair of STIR.

We'll be hearing from partner businesses, educators, and impact organisations in spotlight and workshop sessions too.

See the full programme and secure your tickets

Please note: Partnership Day in-person admission is exclusive to partners of the Skills Builder Partnership or invitees. To attend it online, choose the 'Virtual Admission' option - this is virtual streaming available to everyone.

Statement on the Schools White Paper

"By only focusing on incremental improvement, the government is missing an opportunity to fundamentally shift life outcomes and achieve their levelling up agenda."

Here's our latest statement on the Department for Education's Schools White Paper published last week.

Read our statement

We're recruiting for Education Associates

Are you an outstanding teacher, who wants to achieve systemic change in education to improve life outcomes?

Multiple vacancies are available for our role of Education Associate, set to begin at the start of the next academic year in September.

The deadline of 25 April is fast approaching. Make your application as soon as you can.

Click here to learn more

The Employer Programme 2022

We work with more than 800 partners, including many employers, to embed bespoke essential skills training programmes on the ground.

Are you interested in joining them, or do you know someone who might be? Our updated Employer Prospectus for our 2022 programmes contains everything you need to know on joining the Partnership and getting the support that's right for you.

Read the Prospectus

Impact Directory Spotlights

Each month we share some of the approved programmes from our partners that build essential skills in line with the Skills Builder approach.

The BiG Challenge aims to ignite entrepreneurial spirit through a city-wide competition that connects young people and employers through an immersive enterprise experience.

BiG Community Challenge, meanwhile, engages students in a city-wide social action activity to tackle issues that are important to their local community.

Primary Futures is an online platform providing state schools with free access to volunteers from the world of work, as well as pre-recorded resources, to support career-related learning for children.

The M&G Enterprise Challenge is a maths-based workshop that gives students the opportunity to act as large-scale event organisers in charge of arranging a pop concert for 10,000 young people. The workshop links mathematics to real life and presents students with an opportunity to develop their mathematical skills and knowledge in addition to developing skills such as communication, resilience, and teamwork.

Future Food Heroes is a primary school programme supporting students to learn about problems with our global food system and explore potential solutions.

Entrepreneurs Unlocked CIC's in custody and community based programmes enable people to explore their entrepreneurial talent and become self employed, while measuring progress in the eight essential skills.

Explore Impact Directory