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.

 

The Ideathon: How IRI Promotes Social Enterprise, Economic Opportunities and Youth-led Solutions to Local Governance Challenges

International Republican Institute, EMPRO

The International Republican Institute (IRI) launched its citizen security program in Panama in 2015. The program focused on supporting local governments to find new ways to engage youth from at-risk and low-income communities to help develop solutions to citizen security and local development challenges.

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Presentation

Contextualizing and Integrating Soft/Life Skills in Positive Youth Development: Practical Approaches and Measurement Results from Low-and Middle-Income Counties (LMICs)

Making Cents International, DAI/Puentes, Room to Read

Despite considerable progress made in understanding the importance of soft skills for positive youth development and gathering evidence, challenges remain to developing effective and contextualized soft skills curricula, successfully measuring these skills, and interpreting the results. Presenters and attendees discussed what we know about the importance of soft skills in different contexts in LMICs, how we adapt and teach them, and how we measure them.

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Presentation

Does Your Soft Skills Curriculum Measure Up? Research-based Tools for Evaluating Your Soft Skills Curriculum or Creating a New One

World Learning

Soft skills refer to the personal habits that lead to success in both the workforce and in interpersonal relationships. This training workshop demonstrated how to teach soft skills, provide detailed information on which specific soft skills lead to employment, and encourage collaborative learning with other practictioners. Readers are encouraged to develop their own soft skill teaching plan based on the pedagogical principles presented.

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Presentation

BLOG: Quality Apprenticeships: Life-changing experiences

Work in Progress, International Labour Organization

Originally published on iloblog.org

Ashwani Aggarwal, Team Lead (Work based Learning, Apprenticeships and Recognition of Prior Learning), ILO

Innovations for Decent Jobs for Youth

ORGANIZER: 
Decent Jobs for Youth
DATE: 
May 2, 2018 (All day) to May 3, 2018 (All day)

Background

Today, over 66 million youth are without a job globally and nearly 145 million youth are working, yet living in poverty. Launched in 2016, Decent Jobs for Youth  has evolved as the global initiative to scale up action and impact on youth employment under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

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