Recent research shows that soft skills can have a greater impact on an individual’s employment, earnings, and overall well-being than job-specific technical skills. In fact, employers globally report difficulty filling jobs because new recruits often lack soft skills. According to Child Trends, soft skills include “competencies, behaviors, attitudes and personal qualities that enable people to effectively navigate their environment, work well with others, perform well, and achieve their goals.” Researchers, educators and youth development practitioners use varying frameworks to classify the ‘most important’ soft skills. This is demonstrated by the multitude of names often considered synonymous with soft skills, including: non-cognitive, workforce readiness, life, behavioral, and 21st century skills (among others). Examples of the most valuable types of soft skills to youth and adult success are: social skills, communication skills, problem solving, critical thinking, self-control, and positive self-concept.
On Tuesdays, my colleagues and I take a break from assessing health and education challenges to strategize on the soccer field instead. We’re very good at strategizing, but we’re awful at scoring goals. Soccer, of course, is a sport that requires thoughtful strategy, but a game plan is not very useful without clear communication to execute it, the stamina to run across the field toward the goal, or the skills to kick the ball on target. If we’re going to score, win games and fulfill our goal of making the playoffs, we need that whole package.
According to the World Bank Development Report on Digital Dividends (2016), the rapid spread of digital technologies around the world is boosting economic growth and expands opportunities in many instances; but the benefits of technological changes are not evenly distributed to workers globally. For high-skilled workers, technology in most cases complements their skills, increases their productivity, and often leads to higher wages.
Beheshta, a university student in Afghanistan, has an ambitious long-term goal: She wants to join the civil service and become either a minister or member of parliament. As an Afghan woman, achieving this goal will require her to overcome significant challenges, including the expectation that women marry and have children rather than pursue a career, as well as the realities of entering a workforce that is overwhelmingly male (only 15.8 percent of the workforce is women). Beheshta will also face pressures against participating in the wider community outside of her home.
Making Cents International and Youth Employment Funders Group
In this webinar, Making Cents International, the Youth Employment Funders Group (YEFG), and Educate! explore YEFG’sWhat Works in Soft Skills Development for Youth Employment and examine a program that demonstrates how soft skills learning can be effectively integrated within formal education systems as a way to achieve larger-scale shifts in youth soft skills acquisition. The speakers share challenges, ways to co-create skills development processes with teachers and key stakeholders, and best practices for bringing soft skills development into formal education and highlight Educate!’s experience in supporting the integration of soft skills training into Uganda and Rwanda’s national curriculum. Special emphasis is placed on how to deal with both the will and skill necessary to have reforms actually take root in an everyday classroom.
This report identifies guiding principles and strategies that foster soft skill development among adolescents and young adults, ages 12–29, across different program contexts and youth characteristics. It shows the most basic methods that enable youth soft skill development and explains why they are thought to be effective.
The session will stimulate you to find the creativity that is present in every person. Make your own film, step out of your comfort zone; don't just do what is ‘normal’ or what everyone else would do. By stepping out of your comfort zone, you will find the creativity that is embedded in every person, thinking “I would never think I would do this”.
Making Cents International and the Youth Employment Funders Group
Dec 5, 2017 (09:30am)
Join Making Cents International, the Youth Employment Funders Group (YEFG), and Educate! as we explore YEFG’s What Works in Soft Skills Development for Youth Employment and examine a program that demonstrates how soft skills learning can be effectively integrated within formal education systems as a way to achieve larger-scale shifts in youth soft skills acquisition.
The Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit is a global convening that brings together 500+ leading stakeholders from 55 countries to connect, exchange, and collaborate. Now in its 11th year, the Summit is the largest convening of its kind in North America for the youth economic opportunities community.
CONNECT TO THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP SKILLS AND CREATE POSITIVE CHANGE THROUGH POLICY MAKING
At the British Council we are committed to developing future leaders. To prepare for the world ahead of us the next generation of leaders must be skilled, innovative and globally connected people, able to make and respond to change with effective policy making.
The 3-month internship, starting in June 2016, offers you (young people aged 14-24) an opportunity to develop your writing, research and critical thinking skills and allows you to connect with other engaged young people around the world in global dialogue. During the internship, you are supervised by a VOY Community Manager, who will provide tips and tricks on how to write good blog posts. The internship is done by remote participation, which means that interns are not required to travel anywhere.