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The eight essential skills

Ensure your college learners join the
200,000+ building essential skills.

Young people need to be proficient in the eight essential skills in order to thrive at every level - from the classroom, to the lecture hall, to the boardroom.

To truly equip young people for the future, we must build these skills explicitly and link them to the world of work and higher education.

Free advice toolkit

We've created a toolkit for colleges that offers advice for embedding the essential skills, the Framework and the principles into your everyday curriculum.

Why Skills Builder?

A well structured and well delivered challenge - our students have enjoyed it and been engaged throughout. It's been great to see some of the quieter students grow in confidence.

Year 12 Teacher,
South Nottinghamshire Academy

Today really made me think, it was the first time I’ve ever focused on non-subject related skills in this way. It’s made me realise that I’m better at some of these things than I thought.

Year 13 student,
Queen's Park High School

Start building skills with a membership

Becoming a Member allows you to benefit from the Skills Builder Framework and simple activities to support building essential skills.

Training and support

Our team of outstanding qualified teachers help your staff to build their confidence in teaching essential skills and supporting their students’ progress.

Classroom resources

Our punchy 10-minute video activities are perfect for tutor time. We also provide a wide range of printable resources to help your learners build essential skills.

Assessment tool

Our easy-to-use web tool helps teaching staff assess the students quickly and effectively, and view their data clearly. We also have student self- and peer-assessment tools.

£500,
although funded memberships may be available

Join the partnership and transform skills

Becoming a Partner means getting access to our complete range of projects, events and resources, working closely with our team of teachers to develop a comprehensive approach to building skills.

Training and support

Our team of outstanding qualified teachers help your staff to build their confidence in teaching essential skills and supporting students’ progress. We will work closely to integrate skills education into your curriculum.

Classroom projects and resources

Classroom projects bring learning to life and let students develop and apply new essential skills, while our punchy 10-minute videos are perfect for tutor time. We also provide a wide range of printable resources.

Challenge Days

Challenge Days provide an exciting and engaging way for students across a class, a year group or even the whole college to work together and use their essential skills in a real-life context.

Trips to Employers

Trips help students make the critical link between the skills built in class and the working world. They meet volunteers from a range of organisations and work together to get a flavour of the industry.

Assessment tool

The Skills Builder Framework breaks each skill down into teachable and learnable chunks; our easy-to-use web tool helps teaching staff to assess their students quickly and view their data clearly, supporting the careers plan.

Price varies with options

See how others build essential skills

South Nottinghamshire Academy have been working with us since 2015, and are keen to ensure students across the school have opportunities to work creatively and collaboratively whilst using their essential skills. They run a Partner School programme which includes teacher training on how to use and embed the Framework, Challenge Days, and Trips to local employers.

Students from Year 12 recently took part in a Challenge Day focused on building their Leadership and Teamwork skills through setting up their very own political parties.

Year 12 students also went on a Trip to local employer Eversheds, one of the world’s largest corporate law firms, to tour the workplace and develop Problem Solving and Presenting skills by arguing cases.

Learn more with our press releases below:

A Day in Politics Challenge Day
Read press release
Visit to Eversheds Sutherland
Read press release