FULL LIST OF SOFT SKILLS

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.

 

Webinar Resources | Scaling Up: Integrating Soft Skills Learning in Formal Education Systems

Making Cents International and Youth Employment Funders Group

In this webinar, Making Cents International, the Youth Employment Funders Group (YEFG), and Educate! 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 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.

YouthPower Learning Cross-Sectoral Skills for Youth Community of Practice (CoP) Meeting

ORGANIZER: 
YouthPower Learning
DATE: 
Dec 6, 2017 (09:30am to 12:00pm)

Please join the YouthPower Learning Cross-Sectoral Skills for Youth Community of Practice (CoP) on Wednesday, December 6.

Webinar | Scaling Up: Integrating Soft Skills Learning in Formal Education Systems

ORGANIZER: 
Making Cents International and the Youth Employment Funders Group
DATE: 
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.

Guiding Principles for Building Soft Skills Among Adolescents and Young Adults

USAID

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.

Boosting Soft Skills through Innovative Use of New Media

The Back Lot Foundation

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”.

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