Employability skills research and trends
The world of work continues to evolve rapidly. As economic, societal and technological advances drive forward the pace of change, today’s young people need to be more able to adapt than any other generation. The skills employers are placing value on are changing and new roles are emerging.
LifeSkills aims to understand these employability trends, by drawing upon various sources of research, and ground the programme on credible evidence. Sources are mentioned throughout the teaching resources but research that provides further information on employability skills and other key programme themes is collated below.
To find out more about the research conducted to measure the effectiveness of the LifeSkills programme you can download the LifeSkills Impact Report.
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Making the Grade
A research summary which presents findings from a survey of secondary school teachers, in which they argue employer engagement and work experience are critical to achieving top grades.
Education to employment: the role of wellbeing
Using five years of longitudinal data from the UK Understanding Society Survey, this study finds that young people with lower levels of life satisfaction are less likely to go on to find a job.
The government’s plan for raising the quality of careers provision in England. It is part of the government’s plan to make Britain fairer, improve social mobility and offer opportunity to everyone.
How employable is the UK?
The report found that more than half (57 per cent) of over 16s are failing to demonstrate all the employability skills needed to succeed in the future workplace.
Skills Builder Framework
The Skills Builder Framework breaks down eight essential skills into fifteen tangible, teachable and measurable steps.
Envisioning the future of education and jobs
This report offers a glimpse of how children see their future, and the forces that, if properly understood and harnessed, will drive them forward to realise their dreams.
Making the most of the programme
Core transferable skills
Find out more about the core transferable skills young people need to be better prepared for the future workplace.
LifeSkills: Supporting your careers strategy
With the Gatsby Charitable Foundations benchmarks, the careers education landscape is changing.