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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

Benefit from the Skills Builder Framework, Principles, training and online resources to teach essential skills.

£900 per school per year
with some fully-funded opportunities available

Goal Planning Conversation

Reflect on school priorities and existing provision to create goals for your programme.

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Training & Support Sessions

Build confidence of all teaching staff with two 1-hour sessions delivered in-school by our outstanding teachers.

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Teaching Resources

Explicitly teach skills with short video activities and use posters, certificates & passports to support progress.

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Online Assessment Tools

Quickly and effectively assess your students’ progress, view data clearly and decide your next steps.

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Then increase the impact
with additional elements

Develop a comprehensive approach to building skills with access to our complete range of in-school student experiences, meaningful encounters with employers and further support for teachers.

Priced at cost

Further Training & Support

Additional training to develop specific skills, work with targeted groups, support school goals and integrate skills into your curriculum.

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+ £450
per session

Challenge Days

An engaging opportunity for students to apply existing skills to a new context in school with support from our teachers on the day.

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+ £750
depending on support required

Trips to Employers

Trips help students make the link between the skills built in school and the working world, while they work alongside employee volunteers.

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+ £10 per place,
min. 20 students

See how others build essential skills