Essential skills for all: Developing your child’s (and your own) skills at home
At the Skills Builder Partnership, we also learned important lessons about how to continue driving collective impact towards our shared mission: to ensure that one day, everyone builds the essential skills to succeed. More than ever, and thanks to ongoing uncertainty around exams and the future of work, we could see the importance of essential skills like communication, creative problem-solving, self-management and collaboration in every area of our lives. Educators, employers, organisations, young people and their networks of friends and families considered these skills’ present and future relevance.
Together with the Centre for Education & Youth, a ‘think and action tank’ which believes society should ensure all children and young people make a fulfilling transition to adulthood, we carried out an evidence review looking at how essential skills influence life outcomes. This report painted a promising picture: there’s a clear link between building essential skills and improved academic outcomes, workplace success, and individual wellbeing.
The question to be answered, then, is how do we ensure that everyone has the right opportunities to build and develop their essential skills – even in times of adversity?