The importance of developing skills that enable individuals to improve the quality of their learning, work and performance has long been on the educational agenda and is now firmly embedded within the 14-19 agenda.

Importance of Key Skills Employers have taken a lead in promoting the need for schools and colleges to equip young people with skills such as the ability to communicate effectively, to know how to solve a problem and to work confidently with others.

A knowledge base is important but in an increasingly competitive and changing market the ability to demonstrate such skills provides an individual with a pathway into more sustainable employment. Equally, for those individuals progressing onto further or higher education, there is a growing recognition that in order to succeed, individuals need to be able to apply, with increasing autonomy, a range of interpsersonal, language, numeracy and IT skills.

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