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, young people can gain an in-depth understanding of why integral skills such as resilience, conflict resolution, interpersonal skills and independence are important within the workplace.
How should I prepare?
The event organiser will let you know if there’s a specific aspect of Skills Building and Citizenship they’d like you to focus on so that you can plan accordingly. You’re not expected to put together an extensive presentation - instead, think about the skills that have been important in your career and in your working environment. It’s always best to speak from experience!
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.
As a business leader from the local community, you can help to reinforce the keys skills that young people are practicing on a daily basis in the classroom. For example, by hearing your experience a young person may be able to draw a connection between a skill they use in Maths to a skill that is required in the world of work.
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