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The eight essential skills

Help students build essential skills and
be truly prepared for the world of work

The increasingly varied workplaces of the future need employees who are proficient in the eight essential skills - and who have transferable experience in a professional environment.

To be truly prepared for a future in the world of work, it's crucial that children and young people get a chance to experience real workplaces and connect with professional adults. So we've built a global network of schools and employers who host trips and events to develop essential skills.

Free advice toolkit

We've created a toolkit for employers that offers advice for embedding the essential skills, the Framework and the principles into your work with young people.

Why Skills Builder?

I believe the continuous development of the eight skills are critical to the future success of the young people in a fast changing workplace environment and also to the success of organisations who can support this talent.

Helen Gough -
Lead Director Project & Development Services, JLL

The eight skills are perhaps the cornerstone of any business or job role. Depending on the role, any person will require these skills at different times and within different circumstances.

Michaela Moore -
General Manager, Bullring and Grand Central

Supported by brilliant employers

Click the headings below to browse and learn more about all our partners.

Our strategic partners financially support us to expand our work - either through developing new programmes or extending into new areas. We couldn’t grow without them and thank them for all their support.
Our strategic partners financially support us to expand our work - either through developing new programmes or extending into new areas. We couldn’t grow without them and thank them for all their support.
Our employer partners periodically host visits to their workplaces by groups of students, who get a chance to meet employees and ask questions. Volunteers and students then get to work on a challenge that gives a flavour of what the organisation does.

How employers can get involved

Host trips

Host school visits to give a taste of the world of work. Visits include a tour and staff volunteer to collaborate with students on a project.

Be a supporter

As a not-for-profit, we are enormously grateful for the many employer partners who support us financially or strategically.

Embed the Framework

Employers can learn how to embed the eight essential skills into all of their own work with young people, to help structure and increase effectiveness.

Interested in working with us?

See how other employers work with us

Civil Service, UK
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JLL, UK
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White Stuff, UK
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Bullring and Grand Central, UK
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