The Essential Skills Academy is a series of ten workshops aimed at supporting groups of individuals to reflect on and develop their essential skills in the workplace. It provides in-depth insight into the eight essential skills and space for individuals to identify their existing strengths and areas for development. Participants complete a number of online self-assessments across the workshop series using Skills Builder Benchmark; the results of which are used to set and review skill targets which they focus on throughout their placement or in the workplace. The Universal Framework is embedded throughout the programme and Skills Builder Launchpad is an important tool used to help individuals build their knowledge in the skills alongside the workshops.
The overall aim is to support individuals to identify, demonstrate and articulate their skill set, ultimately making meaningful progress in the essential skills over the course of the Academy.
Plan Bright Work Experience provides a unique cross-industry opportunity to join one of the world's largest Human Resources providers.
Plan Bright forms part of the Adecco Group's Creating Brighter Futures programme. As a global employer, the Adecco Group strives to work hand in hand to give young people access to information, advice and opportunities.
Students will practise and progress in the essential skills while taking on real work projects which address future global trends in employment.
Students will leave the programme with tangible examples of their skills and experiences of work, as well as a greater insight into a range of careers.
Its modular design allows flexibility to suit schools looking for work experience over a few days or up to two weeks.
To find out more about how your school or college can be involved, contact Tania.Hooper@adeccogroup.com
Digital Membership is a Skills Builder programme for schools and colleges which includes impact measurement and teaching tools for the eight essential skills. Through Digital Membership schools and colleges can embed a comprehensive approach to skills development across their setting and access premium resources.
Every Digital Membership includes:
In addition to everything above schools and colleges can choose resources for:
On Skills Builder Benchmark, learners can benchmark their own skills against the Skills Builder framework and download personalised skill reports. Staff can add and manage groups, set assessment periods and download data reports to support learners to build their essential skills.
The Global Accelerator is our flagship programme for schools and colleges across the world. Our team of expert teachers work with your school or college to embed best practices to build essential skills. This includes supporting a Skills Leader, training teachers, and providing access to top quality teaching and assessment materials, as well as a network.
Skills Builder Hub is an assessment & resource platform for building students' essential skills.
Skills Builder Launchpad is an online resource platform for individuals aged 14+ to build their own essential skills. The platform can support with specific development needs or guide individuals through a choice of courses based on the essential skills. Each course contains interactive modules to build every step of the Universal Framework. Each module is structured in 3 simple steps: identifying key concepts, practising the skill step and articulating understanding and application of the skill step through independent reflection, written reflection or discussion with a peer or mentor.
The Skills Builder Accelerator is our flagship programme for UK schools and colleges. Our team of expert teachers work with your school or college to embed best practices to build essential skills. This includes supporting a Skills Leader, training your teachers, and providing access to top quality teaching and assessment materials, as well as a network.
Street League is the UK’s leading sport for employment charity. We support young people who live in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the UK to learn the skills they need to overcome their practical and personal barriers and become economically active. Sport is at the heart of what we do and what makes us successful. We support young people holistically, recognising the inextricable links between wellbeing, health and employment.
We use the power of sport to help young people, aged 14 to 30, who face personal barriers to employment to improve their wellbeing, secure employment and have a brighter future. We work in schools, communities, and with employers to equip young people with the confidence, motivation, essential skills and qualifications needed to succeed in the world of work.
Our sports and employability academies for unemployed young people, is an exciting step in our journey to preventing – as well as ‘treating’ – youth unemployment and in-work poverty. Our programmes develop the life and workplace skills, self-worth and sense of belonging young people need to thrive and move into high quality employment, education or training.
Topical Talk is a school current affairs discussion programme, giving young people the skills to think and speak for themselves about current affairs. 9-14-year-olds learn to listen, be creative, solve problems and speak effectively about real-world matters, from inequality to climate change.
It provides training and news-based teaching resources, allowing teachers to facilitate inspiring current-affairs discussions in the classroom. It also provides an online platform for pupils, where they can join topical discussions with peers all over the world and leading topic experts.
Created in collaboration with the Harlequins Foundation and a team of sports experts, the Coaching Handbook is a comprehensive guide to delivering skills-based sports activities in your existing programmes.
Choose a skill step and follow the two-page guide for teaching it, practising it, reinforcing it and assessing it.
The Coaching Handbook gathers best practice from a range of sports experts and is a brilliant starting point for targeted skills practice in physical activity settings.
The assessment section and reflection questions allow learners to reflect on their progress through guided questioning, coach observation and discussion.
To quantify learners' progress and impact digitally, the Coaching Handbook can be complemented by the Skills Builder Hub for group assessment or Skills Builder Benchmark for individual self assessment online.
Envision is a U.K. based charity that exists to build confidence and develop employability skills in young people, using social action as a vehicle to get them engaged in issues that affect their local community.
We work with schools with non-selective state schools in Birmingham, Bristol, and London to support underrepresented young people develop essential skills to access education, employment, and training.
We do this through our structured active citizenship programmes, that are designed to develop teamwork, communication, creativity, and determination in Key Stage 4 and 5 pupils, and build their self-efficacy and social confidence.
Digital Innovators is an award-winning training provider specialising in giving young people and those not currently in education, employment or training, access career opportunities by providing them with the confidence, self-belief, leadership and digital skills to help them stand out.
Digital Innovators offer an innovative and fresh approach to employability training working in collaboration with local businesses. Through their Skills Programme and unique take on traditional work experience, graduates have gone on to unlock their potential and find meaningful employment. Working with Solihull College & University Centre, GBSLEP and the West Midlands Combined Authority, the programme offers free digital transformation, business improvement and innovation projects to local employers as a training vehicle for students.
The Eco Refill shop allows a team of children to set up and operate an Eco Refill Shop within their school to actively reduce plastic waste. The team of children will work through enterprise training modules to create a business plan, apply for specific job roles, and go on to operate their business throughout a school year, which deepens their understanding and skills development.
Essential skills through hobbies is a student internship programme where students (age 13- 18 years) join us to learn skills, practise and apply them. We integrate essential skills in hobbies so that learners have opportunities to develop them through their hobbies which they have a natural inclination towards and apply them to solve problems around them. This programme is designed to expose students to hobbies like photography, doodle art, videography and blogging. Children and youth who are engaged in the program create, experiment, question, conduct research and self evaluate their work. The program’s curriculum is problem-centred: the problem statements for each week have a progression and are aligned to the UNSDGs. Along with the problem, students are introduced to one step of the skill each week. They work on building a solution to the problem given using the steps of the skill learnt each week and represent them through their hobby. As there is a progression in the steps, each week students apply the previous week’s step learnt. Once the student submits his/her artefact (solutions), they self evaluate to reflect upon their approaches and improvise. Detailed feedback by the team is also shared. The week is designed to follow the Teach-Practise-Reinforce-Assess flow.
Get Creative with Data is a pioneering KS3 computing syllabus which uses hands-on activities and project based learning to introduce young people to data science. The syllabus covers a range of engaging topics- machine learning and AI, practical data science skills, STEM careers and many more- as well as supporting pupils to build essential skills for successful futures.
The Healthy Tuck Shop initiative supports the formation of healthy eating habits through a child-led healthy tuck shop business.
Children work through enterprise training modules to create a business plan, apply for job roles, and go on to operate their business throughout the school year which deepens their understanding and skills development.
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Are you looking to bring the world of work to life in the classroom?
The Lloyds Skills Experience is a 1-hour interactive workshop focused on practising Listening, Creativity and Speaking skills.
Pupils have the chance to meet and interview Lloyds Banking Group volunteers based in their region, explore a range of careers, design their own Lloyds workspace to promote Creativity skills and deliver a persuasive pitch.
This careers insight opportunity is designed for pupils in Years 5, 6, 7 and 8, supporting skills development during the key transition stage from primary into secondary school.
To find out more about how your school can be involved, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ark is an education charity that exists to make sure all children, regardless of their background, have access to a great education and real choices in life. There are 38 Ark schools across the UK including 13 who have Sixth Forms.
Professional Pathways is a sixth form programme offered exclusively at Ark Schools. Professional Pathways students complete a Level 3 BTEC qualification (equivalent to A levels). The course also includes a bespoke wrap around curriculum to ensure students develop the skills they need to succeed at school, at university or in an apprenticeship and throughout their careers. This support includes weekly lessons and twice yearly events. The curriculum is aligned to the Skills Builder framework.
Evaluation of the programme shows that Professional Pathways students rate their skills more highly than their peers. A full report into the Professional Pathways programme will be made available soon.
Skill Solutions is a careers insight day for secondary schools, designed in partnership with Skill Builder and run by volunteers from the Adecco Group.
Pupils will take on the role of Recruitment Consultants, practising their Teamwork, Problem Solving and Listening skills.
Volunteers will also share their experience of how the essential skills are used in the workplace, bringing a broad range of careers to life.
Skill Solutions forms part of the Think Bright outreach programme. To find out more about how your school can be involved, contact email@example.com
SMBP works with Year 12 students from low income backgrounds from across the UK, enabling access to work insight with multiple employers, resilience training and lifetime career mentoring.
Students attend a Work Insight and Skills week as part of a SMBP facilitated cluster, spending a day at four different businesses and a fifth day at a professional sports club where they learn about the psychology of resilience and goal achievement models. They will engage in business like tasks and scenarios, gain a wider understanding of the business and information about career entry programmes and their recruitment processes. This is also a fantastic opportunity for students to network with professionals and colleagues from each business.
SMBP support students and their families by ensuring that any travel costs are arranged in advance or reimbursed and our partners provide a light lunch and refreshments on the day.
We work with our business partners to inform SMBP Alumni of any upcoming career entry opportunities, internships or work experience opportunities.
Click this link to hear what some of our 2020 students had to say about their week.
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Children’s University is a charity that works in partnership with schools to develop a love of learning in children. We do this by encouraging and celebrating participation in extra-curricular activities in and outside of school. The impact of this is proven to be positive and we are committed to creating a level playing field and opening up access to all children. We have a new digital platform that provides actionable data to understand what type of learning is being done and allows for the categorisation of the learning opportunities and skills developed.
Morrisby Careers and Tracker combine to be a whole school careers management platform for ages 11+
Morrisby Tracker has been developed to help schools record and evidence their wider provision, which is so important to student development. These can be careers related activities, but equally can be used to record extracurricular or enrichment activities. Activities are created using an easy-to-use wizard and the system comes with a library of ready-made careers lessons.
Students can log their own activities, include skills they have acquired, while including evidence which can be easily audited by teachers. This is combined with other activity and the action plan to create the Learner passport - a comprehensive record of skills.
An ‘activity’ can be categorised against multiple Gatsby Benchmark and SkillsBuilder steps. It can also include additional resources such as lesson plans, worksheets, class presentations and Morrisby ‘Forms’. This gives structure to plan out your lesson or activity, as well as make it richer and more engaging for students
For each activity you can decide if you want to capture feedback. This is done via a feedback form, sent by both alert and email, and is the ideal way to evidence the quality of your provision, as well as informing continuous improvement and capturing ‘student voice’.
Skills Builder Benchmark is an online essential skills self-reflection tool for anyone aged 14 or more.
Start is a digital careers platform with the information, advice and tools to help students to explore and plan for their future.
We have added the Skills Builder framework into Start to help direct students to the most relevant Skills Builder content and for them to capture their progress against the steps in each of the skills within the framework.
Aspire Higher is a consortium of the Uni Connect Project funded by the Office for Students. Our objective is to offer impartial support to secondary school students (Years 9-13), from areas defined by postcode, in making better informed decisions about their next steps into higher education whatever that may be - college, apprenticeship or university.
Our Sports Project is just one example of an outreach programme. Throughout the project, students learn about different case studies from those who have studied sports based courses, consider nutrition and look into physiology. Throughout the Project, we have embedded the Skills Builder essential skills at various points to add allow students the opportunity to understand and develop these skills whilst adding value to our project overall.
Free career growth app for students and young adults to grow in confidence, get ready for work, and land their first job.
Fledglink enables first-time job seekers to discover their unique make-up of strengths and qualities, create their digital C.V., build confidence, grow their network, learn new skills, and access work and training opportunities. All from a single app.
Young adults can:
- Access skills development workshops and training that support career readiness
- Build a digital CV that brings jobs and opportunities direct to them
- Find out what your peers and connections think are their best strengths
- Discover the best UK events to explore and further your career
- Get help preparing for interviews and practice tests (Situational judgment, verbal and numerical reasoning, etc)
We work closely with some of the UK’s most exciting businesses to connect them with bright, diverse young talent. The types of jobs that you’ll find on the app are curated for those leaving education and entering work for the first time – or still in education and building up experience. So that means you’ll find:
– Work experience opportunities
– Apprenticeships (all levels)
– Full-time first jobs (no degree required)
- Exclusive training and development events and opportunities
Fledglink helps first-time job seekers take charge and own their future.
Great Minds Together have created a new vocational route to further education or employment for pre- and post-16 students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and/or Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs to ensure better outcomes and a more achievable route to Apprenticeships and Traineeships. The Tradership will act as an alternative to GCSEs as an 'Access' course to further vocational education routes. This route to further education and work-based learning will be able to support these students nationwide.
The Tradership is made up of three components:
Our Tradership is for pre- & post- 16-year olds, where the academic route may not be right for them. It provides emotional and practical support that is critical for students with SEND and/or SEMH needs. Students that do not have an EHC Plan, but are on the schools SEN register can also benefit from this support.
Neon brings together the UK's best engineering experiences and inspiring careers resources to help teachers bring STEM to life with real-world examples of engineering.
Finding engaging activities to show where engineering is used in the real world can take time. So, we do the hard work for teachers, curating the most brilliant experiences so they know they are engaging for their students, are linked to up-to-date careers information and highlight real-world applications of engineering.
Neon helps teachers:
School Enterprise Challenge is a free life skills educational programme for schools, run by Teach A Man To Fish. The programme encourages students to develop life and business skills, guiding them to create their own enterprise idea, design a business plan, put that plan into action and launch their very own school business. Through teaching essential skills and encouraging self-reflection, Teach A Man To Fish creates empowered young entrepreneurs. Participants of the programme are proven to develop key essential skills faster than their peers at Primary and Secondary schools. Throughout the programme, learners have the opportunity to learn and apply essential skills in teams, with a focus on Speaking, Leadership, Teamwork and Problem Solving.
The programme is available to any school, anywhere in the world and registration is quick and easy. There is a wealth of online resources available for teachers and students and participants are supported through all stages of setting up their enterprise and encouraged to think about sustainability so that businesses can grow year on year and generate real profits for the school and wider community. Teach A Man To Fish also provides the programme directly to schools, training teachers and supplying hard copy materials, as well as supporting teams with school visits and additional online resources.