To achieve Step 5, individuals will show that they can set goals for themselves.
Earlier steps focused on building up to this by introducing the notion of what success looks like through success criteria, then the importance of both taking pride in that success but also the importance of seeking out new challenges to support learning. This step combines those elements by introducing the setting of goals.
In the context of the classroom, learners should be able to:
The building blocks of this step are learning:
To teach this step:
This step lends itself well to being reinforced in learning. For example, learners could be encouraged to take responsibility for coming up with their own learning goals and the measures of whether they have been successful – or perhaps in collaboration with a teacher. Learners should review whether they have been successful and to reflect on their progress using these targets over time.
This step can be assessed through an exercise where learners have to create a series of short-, mid- and long-term targets for themselves and turn these into SMART targets. They could alternatively do this by being given a broad goal and having to think about how this can be turned in to SMART targets.
This step is relevant to individuals who can help themselves succeed by attempting new, stretching challenges.
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 discussion and 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.