What is Skills Builder?
Skills Builder is a rapidly growing partnership between schools and colleges, employers and organisations that aims to educate current and future generations on the 8 essential skills that underpin success in all areas of life from academic and career to relationships and self-confidence.
They believe that we need to equip young people with these fundamental skills to enable them to thrive now and in future endeavours, a belief that we echo here at Dale Hall.
Known by many different names, these eight skills map across to the four domains that come up time and again as the core, transferable skills for employment.
In pairs they cover communication, creative problem-solving, self-management, and collaboration skills.
These eight skills are laid out in the Skills Builder Universal Framework. The Framework breaks down each of the eight essential skills into tangible steps which can be developed in turn.
We can use it to clarify what success looks like in each skill and to map out the trajectory for growth. The full Framework can be found from page 7 (See PDF above) The Framework is the culmination of four years of learning and builds on the expertise of over 120 leading organisations and individuals across the sector.
How can we support at home?
Skills Builder has recently launched their Homezone - a free, fully resourced hub for parents and carers to access in order to support the teaching of the eight essential skills.
You can choose the level that you feel represents how confident your child is with the individual skills (younger children may be 'getting started' but older children may be 'intermediate') and the Homezone will provide informational videos for your reference, stories to share with your children and discussion points to follow, activities and projects to try as a family and lists of age-appropriate books that support your children with understanding these skills.
Please see the link below to access Homezone: