Grantham College Launches Skills Builder Programme To Boost Employability

Skills Builder 8 Essential Skills

Grantham College Launches Skills Builder Programme To Boost Employability.

Grantham College has launched a new initiative to boost students’ transferable skills and employability after securing funding from the Skills Builder Partnership to take part in its Accelerator programme. 

Throughout the coming year, designated Skills Champions at the college will undergo specialist training for teaching essential skills such as Teamwork and Creativity. Using Skills Builders’ Universal Skills Framework, teachers will measure students’ skill levels and embed essential skills development strategies within the curriculum. Academic staff will also gain access to a Resource Hub containing a wide array of materials that support essential skills teaching and learning.

Claire Temprell, Vice Principal HR and Student Services said: “We are delighted to have Skills Builder’s support and to be embarking on its Accelerator programme. Its Universal Skills Framework, which is backed by many national employers and leading organisations including the CBI, will enhance our teaching of the essential skills all employers seek, regardless of their industry or specialism.  
“We already provide students with high quality technical education, but, with the rapid pace of change in the jobs market, there has never been a more important time to furnish our students with essential skills that are transferable across multiple industry sectors. This programme will give our students the edge when they apply for jobs in an increasingly competitive labour market,” she added.

In a further step to bolster students’ employability, in 2021 the college will introduce new T Level qualifications, which combine study with a substantial period in the workplace.  The industry placements will enable students to practise and develop their essential skills and improve their work-readiness.

Skills Builder developed its Universal Framework following a decade’s research among employers. The Framework focusses on eight skills: Teamwork, Leadership, Problem Solving, Creativity, Speaking, Listening, Aiming High and Staying Positive; these are then broken down into 16 sequential, teachable skill steps to help students advance their skillsets. The Framework incorporates a common skills language, to be adopted by educators and employers alike, ensuring job applicants and recruiters have a shared understanding of essential skills terminology.

Skills Champions at Grantham College Will Teach The 8 Essential Skills: 

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Problem Solving
  • Creativity
  • Staying Positive
  • Aiming High
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork

 The 8 essential skills

We are open and still taking applications for this year. We are offering a variety of courses that you can study in person at college, or online in the comfort of your own home. Whether you are wanting to learn a new skill, retrain or pick up a new hobby. We have something for you!