Tom Ravenscroft, CEO
The Skills Builder Partnership - Education
HundrED shortlisted this innovation
Why did you create this innovation?
The Skills Builder Partnership works to ensure that one day, everyone builds the essential skills to succeed: teamwork, leadership, problem-solving, creativity, listening, speaking, aiming high, and staying positive. These are the skills that underpin social and emotional learning. However, there is still a gap - affecting academic, life and employment outcomes.
How does your innovation work in practice?
The Skills Builder Universal Framework underpins the education work of the Skills Builder Partnership. For educators, the Framework can be used to support learners to understand their existing skills, see what progress looks like, join the dots and capture success.
Tools like the Skills Builder Hub use the framework to support educators to explicitly teach and assess the essential skills with learners of all ages. Programmes like our Accelerator support schools to embed the framework and principles through training and tools for educators.
The Skills Builder Partnership is composed of schools and colleges, non-profits and employers. Membership brings multiple unique benefits, including the ability to structure skills development, initiate sustainable organisational change, access and contribute to best practice and create systemic change. To achieve our mission, we align skills-focused organisations, provide high-quality content and influence national and international policy.
How has it been spreading?
The Skills Builder Partnership brings together 800+ education institutions, employers and leading non-profit organisations from 18 countries around a common approach to building eight essential skills.
In 2021, the Partnership delivered 1,468,611 opportunities for individuals to boost their essential skills. This combined the 187,783 individuals who built their essential skills through programmes that were run in schools and colleges. It includes a further 65,504 who benefited from our products across 23 countries. However, it also includes the wider impact of 1,215,324 opportunities for individuals to build their essential skills through approved programmes of partners.
If I want to try it, what should I do?
If you want to find out more, then visit our website for more details about our approach and programmes, as well as the full Universal Framework. You can also sign up for our free monthly newsletter for the latest news across the Partnership.
If you want to explore our tools and resources, sign up to the Skills Builder Hub, Benchmark and Launchpad platforms for free via our website.