PwC has been awarded the Bronze Excellence Mark by Skills Builder Partnership. The award recognises organisations that demonstrate best practice in embedding essential skills – such as problem solving and teamwork.
PwC offers a range of outreach initiatives and programmes, using its skills and resources to enable people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds across the UK to make the most of their potential, whether at PwC or elsewhere. Together with Skills Builder, they reviewed these programmes’ learning content and outlined ways to explicitly embed essential skills throughout using the Skills Builder Universal Framework, breaking them down into teachable, measurable steps with a consistent language.
To evidence the impact of its work experience programmes on participants’ skill levels, PwC used the online platform Skills Builder Benchmark to measure pre- and post-programme levels. Participants had made significant progress across all of the skills. Participants and volunteers were also more engaged with the content, which clearly linked from school through to work, and teachers gave extremely positive feedback.
The Excellence Mark accreditation signals PwC’s achievements in boosting programme impact and developing the essential skills of the communities that it works with. It will now continue to work with Skills Builder in 2022-23 to progress to Silver, introducing the Framework into other programmes such as its Dragons’ Den programme, and engaging new partner schools.
Hollie Crompton, social mobility lead at PwC UK, commented:
“Our work experience programmes are focused on equipping young people with the skills they need to be successful in their career of choice. Working with Skills Builder helped us to take a step back and focus on the skills we wanted to highlight in each of our programmes. Doing this has helped us make our offering attractive and relevant to our schools whilst also allowing us to engage with new schools who are familiar with the Framework.”
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About Skills Builder Partnership
Skills Builder Partnership is a not-for-profit social enterprise. It unites more than 800 education institutions, employers and impact organisations around the Skills Builder Universal Framework and six principles of best practice to develop the eight essential skills that everyone needs to succeed.
To read Skills Builder Partnership’s latest publications, see its Insights page.
For further information or to talk to a Skills Builder team member, visit skillsbuilder.org or contact Eleanor Collard, Communications Associate, at email@example.com or 07506424395.