The Skills Builder Universal Framework has launched!


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, get business support and resources at and join the campaign with the hashtag #SkillsWeNeed on Twitter and LinkedIn.

ERSA welcomes publication of guide for skills and employment support providers

ERSA welcomes the publication this week of the Guide for skills and welfare to work providers: Dispelling myths and issues.

This is a collaborative piece of work, created by ERSA (The Employment Related Services Association), AELP (The Association of Employment and Learning Providers), AoC (The Association of Colleges) and NIACE (National Institute of Adult Continuing Education).

The guide aims to dispel and tackle some of the myths, misconceptions and issues about partnership working between welfare-to-work programme providers and skills providers In England.

Kirsty McHugh, ERSA Chief Executive, said:

“This guide is the culmination of ongoing joint work between key bodies in the employment and skills sector.

“We hope that this will encourage and support greater partnership working between these two sectors.”

The guide can be found here.