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The Skills Builder Universal Framework shows how to build essential skills at every stage of life.
The Partnership brings together more than 700 organisations towards a common mission, joined by shared language, principles, and outcomes. The partnership will enable CONNECT’s student assessment functionality to link directly with the Skills Builder Universal Framework and Educators Toolkit, which breaks each essential skill down into teachable, learnable steps.

These are the skills young people need to succeed in education and beyond into employment. Working with the Skills Builder Partnership supports all students to take ownership of their essential skill development and articulate their strengths. Click the button below to find out more about the framework.

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Better prepared: Essential skills and employment outcomes for young people
New research conducted by the Skills Builder Partnership explores the relationship between higher levels of essential skills, using Skills Builder Framework, and employment outcomes.

Read the full report here.

The transition of young people from education into employment between the ages of 16 and 25 is always a challenging one.

The pandemic has once again had a disproportionate impact on young people – both through disruption to education, and the oversized damage to the retail and hospitality industries that often act as a critical bridge for young people into employment. This has placed further emphasis on essential skills and their critical importance to supporting an effective transition into the world of work – a relevance increasingly echoed by both educators and employers.

While there is some evidence that essential skills support effective transitions and workplace progression, the emergence of the Skills Builder Universal Framework as a shared approach to defining essential skills and quantifying progress provides a new opportunity.

This research sets out to use new data gathered with YouGov to explore three questions:

1. Who has essential skills, and how does this vary by socio-economic background?
2. How young people build essential skills, and what are their attitudes to them?
3. What is the impact of essential skills on earnings and qualifications level?

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