To achieve Step 13, individuals will show that they can develop long-term strategies which are grounded in their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities or threats.
In earlier steps, the focus has been on developing plans, which are informed by the goals that are set, the resources available and refined through a review of the skills needed, and external input. This step and those that follow focus now on long-term strategies and how they can be developed.
The building blocks of this step are learning:
To teach this step:
This step can be reinforced when considering topics in different subject learning, or as learners develop their own plans for themselves over time.
This step is best assessed by asking learners to complete a SWOT analysis based on a case study. The teacher should look to see that they demonstrate an understanding of the dimensions being considered, and that they can make a reasonable recommendation off the back of that analysis.
This step is relevant to individuals who develop plans and strategies to achieve goals.
To build this step in the work environment, managers could:
There are plenty of opportunities for building this skill in the workplace:
For those already employed, this step is best assessed through observation. For instance:
During the recruitment process, this step could be assessed for by:
We work with a wide range of organisations, who use the Skills Builder approach in lots of different settings – from youth clubs, to STEM organisations, to careers and employability providers.
We have a lot of materials available to support you to use the Skills Builder Universal Framework with the individuals you work with, including:
We also do a lot of work with organisations who join the Skills Builder Partnership to build the Universal Framework into their work and impact measurement systems. You can find out a lot more using the links below.
As an individual, you might be thinking about how best to support your own essential skills. The good news is that there is lots that you can do that will have a big impact, including:
We’ve developed a whole series of tools and resources to help you to build these skills, including:
As a parent or carer, you might be thinking about how best to support your children to build their essential skills. The good news is that there is lots that you can do that will have a big impact, including:
We’ve developed a whole series of tools and resources to help parents to build these skills, including:
There is also content for older children and young people, including short activities and reflections that they can complete alone, or with you.