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The majority of teachers entered the profession not only to teach but to make a difference to young people's lives. With calls from employers to ensure students are equipped for the world of work, there's no better opportunity to action this mindset and help students get a rounded education that goes beyond the curriculum requirements. We look at simple ways for educators to build their students' skills, without adding to workloads.
To ensure students are prepared for the world of work, it makes sense to look at what employers actually want. Research by the CBI showed that businesses value the following skills:
All of these skills can be learnt and teachers can incorporate their development into lessons without encroaching on already cumbersome workloads.
There are a few simple ways that teachers can help to develop the skills that employers are seeking as part of the existing curriculum.
Dealing with challenges is something we can all find difficult but it's a necessary skill for life. Students are likely to face challenges as they encounter difficult work, changing relationships or challenging home circumstances.
Both verbal and written communication is important to employers so look for opportunities for students to develop both.
The ability to think laterally and solve problems can be built into many different activities.
Getting students to work together and collaborate on projects is a great way to build collaboration skills. Allow students to provide feedback on their peers in a structured and constructive way, which in turn fosters vital team building skills essential for success in the workplace.
Looking for real-life business examples can bring topics to life and help students see how their learning could be applied beyond education. For example, in an English class you could analyse the construction of a business presentation by Steve Jobs or you could use business growth analysis in a statistics class.
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