Invite guest speakers from your local business community to lead sessions on skills building and citizenship.

What is a Skills Building and Citizenship session?

Skills Building and Citizenship education is about enabling people to make their own decisions and to take responsibility for their own lives and communities.

These events help pupils learn a range of attributes to boost employability, develop enterprise opportunities and prepare young people for the world of work. In addition to this, students can gain an in-depth understanding of why integral skills such as resilience, conflict resolution, interpersonal skills and independence are important within the workplace.

What is the impact of a Skills Building and Citizenship session?

Soft skills are integral to any workplace, professional environment or business setting. Whilst these skills are learned indirectly through daily interactions throughout a young person’s broad general education, there is an increasing focus on the significance and development of emotional intelligence, communication skills, interpersonal skills, language skills, personal habits, cognitive or emotional empathy, and leadership traits. These soft skills are crucial in supporting a child’s development towards their readiness to work.

The school environment is one of the few opportunities in a person’s lifetime where they will be surrounded by others within the same age group, sharing many similar experiences and communicating within the same circles. The soft skills, communication skills and interpersonal skills acquired in these formative years will be called upon increasingly as a child moves towards higher education or employment, but the stakes and expectations rise too. Findings show that “schools provide the safest environment to test some of these skills” (Ee and Change, 2015)and it is consequently not an opportunity which schools can afford to pass by, when considering how to best provide for their pupils.

Bringing in a business leader from the community helps to reinforce the keys skills that young people are practicing on a daily basis in the classroom. For example, it allows a young person to make a connection between a skill they use in Maths to a skill that is required in the world of work.

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We understand that your time as an educator is limited, which is why we have made our service as quick and easy as possible.

We will reach out to guest speakers on your behalf and update you every step of the way, until the visit is completed.

Simply click the link below to search for Business Leaders in your local area and get started.