In an increasingly automated world of work, many of the skills employers seek are intrinsically ‘human’, involving the capacity to work well with other people, both individually and in group.
According to a report by the McKinsey Global Institute, social and emotional (‘soft’) skills is one of three core skill sets that will come to the fore in the future workplace (alongside higher cognitive and technological skills).
These ‘soft skills’ include advanced communication and negotiation, empathy, the ability to learn continuously, to manage others and to be adaptable.
Young people often have more of these skills than they realise and a range opportunities to develop them further.
Barclays LifeSkills has produced a lesson plan designed to help students (aged 11-14 and 14-16) understand which skills are most sought after by employers and how they may need to adapt these in different situations.
By the end of this lesson students will be able to:
- recall the to personal skills employers look for
- explain how they already demonstrate these skills in their everyday lives
- evaluate how they can build on these skills and adapt them to workplace settings.
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LifeSkills, created with Barclays, is a curriculum-linked programme developed with teachers to help improve the skills and employability of young people in the UK. All completely free and immediately accessible. LifeSkills can also support you with the new careers strategy.