11-14 14-16 30 - 40 minutes

Recognising and building personal skills lesson

This lesson is designed to help students understand which skills are most sought after by employers and how they may need to adapt these in different situations. In turn, this will enable them to go on and develop other areas of their skillset, such as teamwork and communication.

Lesson Learning outcomes

By the end of this lesson students will be able to:

  • Recall the top personal skills employers look for which are essential for success
  • Explain how they already demonstrate these skills in their everyday lives
  • Evaluate how they can build on these skills and adapt them to a workplace setting

Want some more insight into this lesson’s activities? Read on to explore the different ways it can support your teaching.

How can you use this lesson to help your students identify and demonstrate these skills?

It concentrates on top personal skills that employers look for, such as communication, leadership and teamwork. The activities also encourage students to recognise their own ability in these areas. Students get the opportunity to explain how they demonstrate these skills and plan how they may use them differently in a variety of work situations.

Want information on more content that can support you? Check out links to further resources below.

There are other tools and resources that you may want to explore after completing this lesson. These include the ‘Workplace challenge’ interactive tool where students practise handling difficult work situations they may encounter. Why not build personal skills like ‘Staying positive (resilience)’ and ‘Leadership’ as a focus into your wider curriculum? Refer to our Content guide to find out how LifeSkills resources can be used in PSHE, English lessons and much more.

Why not complement this lesson with our interactive worksheet activities and online lesson films around employability skills, which are perfect for remote delivery, around the topic of recognising skills and strengths by clicking here?  


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