Engage with schools to help develop young people’s soft skills, giving them what they need to succeed in the workplace.

What is a Skills Development Event?

Skills Developments events are designed to give young people an opportunity to focus on soft, interpersonal skills such as resilience, conflict resolution, communication, and independence to understand why these skills are important in the workplace. This can help to boost employability, develop enterprise opportunities and prepare young people for the world of work and society as a whole.

How should I prepare?

The educator organising the event may wish to cover a specific skill, or talk about how soft skills relate to your particular industry - they will let you know before the event takes place. Be prepared to talk about why soft skills are important in your industry and how young people can develop skills such as resilience and independence, and to answer any questions they might have.

We find it works best for you to discuss and give real examples from your life of the soft skills, qualities, and attitudes required to succeed post-education. These are often the hardest skills for young people to develop and it is enormously beneficial for them to hear the importance of these from a role model from the world of work, as well as their teachers or parents.

What is the impact of a Skills Development Event?

By taking part in a Skills Development Event, you are helping young people to understand the skills that are integral to the modern workplace. While these can often be learned indirectly through general daily interactions, putting an emphasis on why they are important can help improve a young person’s readiness for work.

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