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The eight essential skills

Build and assess essential skills
effectively in your work

Organisations that work with children and young people frequently develop essential skills in the course of their work. We help provide a rigorous and consistent framework for building those skills.

As individual organisations we strive to make a positive change for the children and young people we work with. With a collective vision, we can ensure that one day, all learners are given the opportunity to develop the essential skills they need to succeed.

Free advice toolkit

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

Why Skills Builder?

Building these skills has multiple benefits: they are the springboard for learning and academic success, they are skills for enterprise and employability, and they support young people to develop good mental health.

Bea Stevenson -
Head of Emotional Health at School, Family Links

Everyone can go off individually inventing their own framework but actually to lock into something which is used by schools as well as other organisations there’s potential there... eventually for a young person to measure their own progress against something which can be matched up with all sorts of different activities.

David Nunn -
LSO On Track Projects Manager, London Symphony Orchestra

A coalition of skills-building organisations

We're building a global coalition of skills-building organisations, all using the shared Skills Builder framework. As these skills are widely transferable, our partner organisations cover a whole range of different industries and outcomes.

Piloting organisations

Partner organisations

Member organisations

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 support learners' progress by integrating the Skills Builder Framework in to your work with young people.

Supporting resources

We provide a wide range of resources to help your learners build essential skills, including posters, certificates and a series of short video-based activities.

Assessment tool

Our easy-to-use web tool helps staff assess learners quickly and effectively, allowing them to view their data clearly and decide next steps.

£200 - £900,
depending on annual turnover

See how other organisations
are using the Framework

London Symphony Orchestra, UK
Read case study
National Literacy Trust, UK
Read case study
Family Links, UK
Read case study
Apps for Good, UK
Read case study
Business in the Community, UK
Read case study
Teach A Man To Fish, International
Read case study