Hello! We hope everyone is enjoying the heat and gearing up for summer.
We've had an excellent month at the Skills Builder Partnership: a new report from the CBI strongly endorses our approach to building essential skills; there are now more than 5,000 users on the Skills Builder Hub, and we've announced a range of new partnerships with employers and youth organisations alike. Plus, we're featuring a brilliant case study about our work with an international school in Oman.
New CBI report endorses Skills Builder approach
At the Skills Builder Partnership Day in May, there was real sense of the gathering momentum and huge energy behind building essential skills. So we are thrilled to see latest education report from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) on getting young people 'work ready', which features a resounding endorsement of the Skills Builder Framework as a consistent way to build the skills employers need by bringing everyone together around a shared language and principles.
ABQ Sohar International School in Oman have been working with us for several years. They serve students from 3 to 16 years old, and are keen to develop them into well-rounded, imaginative people. Director of Enterprise Divan Koch manages skills education at the school, and selected our unique programme to build the essential skills for success – as well as to incubate ideas development among their students so they can contribute positively to the local community and economy.
Skills Builder Hub news
We're thrilled that there are now more than 5,000 registered users in the Skills Builder Hub community, using the huge range of resources in the classroom and beyond. Some of the great ways our users have been building essential skills include: starting the day off right with a short Teamwork video activity; using the Staying Positive Handbook to help learners persevere with tricky tasks; and using our Presenting Skills Passports to track public speaking progress for focus groups who need a challenge.
In June we welcomed two new partners in Birmingham: RSA Insurance and KPMG, both taking part as part of our wider, national partnerships with both firms. As well as new employers hosting inspiring workplace visits, we are delighted to be working with employers embedding the Skills Builder Framework in their own work with young people. This includes newly established partnerships with Heathrow Airport and Tideway.
We're delighted to have welcomed many new organisations to the Skills Builder Partnership. These included EdPlace, a customisable, curriculum-aligned education platform; EduMais, a nonprofit providing high-quality education to underprivileged children and teenagers in Rio de Janeiro; HOBY UK, which runs leadership seminars and workshops for 14-18 year-olds; and Committed Project, which takes real-world adventures, frames them in a learning context with resources and lesson plans, and broadcasts the adventure live to school children.
Fair Education Summit 2019
On June 27th we were delighted to join more than 140 attendees at the Fair Education Alliance's 2019 Summit. It was a brilliant opportunity to hear an exchange of ideas from across the Alliance and learn about progress being made toward fair education in the UK.
We're deeply grateful for all your support so far. Working together is by far the best way to effect real change - so please do continue to spread the word about the Skills Builder Partnership.