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How to Embed Essential Skills in Learning Programmes

Mar 17
Date and time
Wed, 17 March  @  11:30  -  12:30
Included in BITC membership
Seminar, Webinar United Kingdom
Open to all BITC members, CSR/responsible business practitioners/managers, HR/people/talent management practitioners/managers
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Open to all BITC members, CSR/responsible business practitioners/managers and HR/people/talent management practitioners/managers
Included in BITC membership

Wed, 17 March 2021  @  11:30  –  12:30

This webinar is an opportunity for delegates to hear from two employers about how they have embedded essential skills into their learning development opportunities for all employees. Attendees can learn practical tips as well ask questions of our panel.

The webinar will include: 

  • an overview of the business case for reskilling, why this matters now and how it will support recovery. 
  • examples of the actions that business can take to develop through learning and development targeted at supporting the most disadvantaged.  
  • a case study from an employer that is already acting on building essential skills and creating a culture of lifelong learning and development. 
  • opportunities to ask questions and provide views on the levers available to stimulate greater support to ensure no one is left behind. 

Guest speakers

  • Elizabeth Foote, Partner, McKinsey & Co
  • Catherine Schlieben, HR Director for Talent and Leadership, National Grid 

This webinar is for Business in the Community (BITC) members only.

It is suitable for human resources and responsible business practitioners and managers.

Equipping workforces with the skills to adapt and thrive is crucial not only to meet the current challenges that business face but also to ensure that as we recover no one is left behind.  Even before Covid-19, the world of work was transforming, and individuals were facing uncertainty within job roles and sectors. The rise of automation and artificial intelligence is predicted to affect 35% of job roles over the coming 10-15 years, particularly lower-paid jobs1.  

By embedding a culture of lifelong learning and development, employers will help ensure that all individuals, not just those in pre-employment or their early careers are able to develop the skills that will support them throughout their career journey. BITC research in 2019 (a BITC and YouGov survey conducted in October 2019) shows that through investing in essential skills, employees felt their confidence and productivity improved as did their working relationships.  

There is a clear win, win for developing these skills and through this event delegates will have the opportunity to understand what this looks like in practice, hear the business case for action and have the opportunity to share your thoughts as you shape your skills programmes. 

Essential skills are important for lifelong learning and development, They need to be practised throughout an individual’s working life. They are much more than a framework to assess new recruits. They are enabling skills that ensure all employers are flexible and resilient to change.

The Skills Builder Universal Framework, developed by the Essential Skills Taskforce, provides a common language on skills from the classroom to the boardroom. It is a key tool for economic recovery from COVID-19.

The eight essential skills are listening, speaking, problem-solving, creativity, staying positive, aiming high, leadership, and teamwork. The skills cover communication, creative problem solving, self-management, and interpersonal skills.

Read more about essential skills.

Contact details and further information
For more details, contact Florence Hughes, Events Manager at BITC.

Full joining instructions will be sent before the event.

Following government advice on social distancing, all BITC events over the coming months will be delivered remotely via digital technology.

Business in the Community is creating a skilled and inclusive workforce for today and tomorrow


  1. The Royal Society (2017) The age of automation: Artificial Intelligence, robotics, and the future of low-skilled work