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ERSA is 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.

With the impact of COVID-19 already hitting 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.

Essential skills are highly transferable skills like listening, problem solving and teamwork. They 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.

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.

The universal framework defines the essential skills as; listening, speaking, problem solving, creativity, staying positive, aiming high, leadership and teamwork. Hundreds of schools are already using the framework and it is now being adopted by trailblazing employers including Boots, KPMG, Jacobs and Tideway.

Access the framework at skillsbuilder.org, get business support and resources at www.bitc.org.uk/essential-skills and join the campaign with the hashtag #SkillsWeNeed on Twitter and LinkedIn.