NIACE backs ‘soft skills’ campaign

13 January 2015

NIACE, alongside a host of other organisations – including McDonald’s, the CBI, the Federation of Small Businesses, the Association of Colleges and the National Youth Agency – are today launching a campaign to promote the importance of soft skills.

The Backing Soft Skills campaign will focus on how skills like communication, teamwork and time and self-management are not only vital in helping people to get on in life and in work, but are also essential for high-performing and successful employers. Research shows that soft skills are worth £88bn to the UK economy. 

David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

“Soft skills do not get the attention or recognition that they deserve. We know through our work just how many adults improve these skills through taking part in all types of learning.  All forms of learning, and not just those that lead to qualifications, help people build confidence, progress to other skills and are crucial to ensure they thrive in their lives and careers. Soft skills are also what every employer needs from their workforce to be successful.

“One soft skill that we want to promote is the confidence to go on to further learning. This commitment and enthusiasm to continuously develop in their careers will help them adapt to the changing workplace and world.

“The organisations that have come together Backing Soft Skills prove just how important this campaign is. We urge all our members and supporters from across the sector – and beyond – to take part in the consultation and share with us what works and what must improve.”

The Backing Soft Skills campaign will focus on the following skills:

  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Teamwork
  • Time and self-management
  • Decision-making and initiative-taking
  • Taking responsibility