How to recognise and develop essential skills

This toolkit sets out how business can take a strategic approach to recognising and developing essential skills using the Skills Builder Universal Framework. The framework is available on the Skill Builder website

Complimenting the Business in the Community factsheet Essential Skills and why we need them now and the BITC guide member-only document how to Inspire, Hire and Grow Diverse Talent, the toolkit contains short case studies on how the Skills Builder Universal Framework offers a structured, measurable way to develop the eight essential skills outlined below.

Additionally, the Skills Builder Universal Framework, developed by the Essential Skills Taskforce, provides a common language on skills from the classroom to the boardroom. Already being adopted by Boots, KPMG, Jacobs and Tideway, it’s a key tool for an inclusive economic recovery from COVID-19.

Eight essential skills

  • aiming high
  • creativity
  • leadership
  • listening
  • problem-solving
  • speaking
  • staying positive
  • teamwork
Learn more about the Business in the Community Essential Skills campaign

About BITC’s Employment work

Creating meaningful employment is one of the most significant ways that business contributes to the livelihoods of individuals and communities, and is for many the only sustainable route out of poverty.

Read more about BITC’s Employment agenda.

About BITC’s response to COVID-19

As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on towns and cities across the UK intensifies, the need to link business support to community need has never been more urgent.

To meet this need we have launched the National Business Response Network. This network will identify community needs across the UK and match them to the right business support. Through BITC’s vast regional and local connections and leaders, we are able to identify national and local community needs. The network then connects businesses who have the resources to help.

Read more about BITC’s work on COVID-19.

Learn more on how Business in the Community is creating a skilled and inclusive workforce
for today and tomorrow