The Skills Builder Universal Framework, developed by the Essential Skills Taskforce, is a clear, measurable and authoritative Framework that sets out how essential skills can be identified in practice. It provides a common language that employers can easily understand and adopt.
The essential skills are defined as: listening, speaking, problem solving, creativity, staying positive, aiming high, leadership and teamwork.
Essentials skills are highly transferable skills such as listening, problem solving and teamwork. They will support people as they move from entry-level to management roles and from a career in one industry to a career in another. They enable people to flex all their skills to adapt to change and are the foundations for developing new technical and job-specific skills, including digital skills.
The COVID-19 pandemic and related economic uncertainty brings the importance of these skills into focus even more. As UK businesses and educators look to reshape and adapt over the coming months and years, they’ll need to ensure they are not only addressing the challenges at hand but preparing for the challenges that society will face in the future. Recognising and developing essential skills will be central to the UK’s recovery.
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