Street League has been part of the Skills Builder Partnership for the past two years, introducing their eight essential skills for the workplace to provide increasingly tailored support to young people.

We're proud to support the launch of the Skills Builder Universal Framework which clearly defines the skills we need to succeed in education, work and life.

Building skills through sport

With the impact of COVID-19 already hitting young people and the most disadvantaged in our communities the hardest and changing the nature of education and work overnight, we all need to act now to ensure we do not widen the disadvantage gap. That is why Street League continues to offer its services to young people, currently working with more than 300 young people per week through our remote delivery model. Developing young people's skills is a key part of this work.

Essential skills are highly transferable skills like listening, problem solving and teamwork. Thanks to support from Accenture, this past year saw Street League pilot and incorporate the Skills Builder Framework into combined sport and employability services. They feature in our classroom and sports sessions and can be taught and developed through group work, one-to-one discussions, through team sports, fitness and dance sessions. Essential skills can, and should, be developed throughout our lives and can’t be automated out. They are the foundation for developing new technical and job-specific skills, including digital skills.

Measurable social impact

The Skills Builder Universal Framework, developed by the Essential Skills Taskforce, is a clear, measurable and authoritative framework for essential skills that sets out how they can be identified in practice. It provides a common language that can be easily understood and adopted from the classroom to the boardroom. In line with Street League's commitment to honest and measurable reporting of our social impact we have found being part of the partnership to be very valuable and informative.

What are the eight essential skills?

The universal framework defines the essential skills as; listening, speaking, problem solving, creativity, staying positive, aiming high, leadership and teamwork. Access the framework at www.skillsbuilder.org, and if you're an employer you can get business support and resources at www.bitc.org.uk/essential-skills and join the campaign with the hashtag #skillsweneed on Twitter and LinkedIn.