Essential skills and their impact on education outcomes: a quantitive analysis of the British Cohort Study


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Author: Kashefpakdel, Elnaz T.; Ravenscroft, Tom


Essential skills are those highly transferable skills (listening, speaking, teamwork, leadership, creativity, problem-solving, aiming high, and staying positive) that everyone needs to do almost any job, and which support the application of specialist knowledge and technical skills. Essential skills matter and helping people develop them is a job for schools and colleges from the earliest age. The Skills Builder Universal Framework, launched in May 2020, sets out this framework of eight essential skills, providing a common language in which skills are described, understood and measured,...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Outcomes; Literacy; Numeracy

Keywords: Longitudinal data; Data analysis; Quantitative research; Trend; Outcomes of education and training; Generic skills; Soft skills; Transferable skill; Employability; Aspirations; Attainment

Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe

Published: London, England: Skill Builder Partnership, 2021

Physical description: 47 p.

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Related items: TD/TNC 142.110

Statement of responsibility: Elnaz Kashefpakdel and Tom Ravenscroft

A related report, 'Towards a universal framework for essential skills: a review of the Skills Builder Framework', is available in VOCEDplus at TD/TNC 142.110.
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Resource type: Report, paper or authored book

Document number: TD/TNC 143.417

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