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Gatsby Benchmarks

Gatsby's 8 benchmarks were created as a framework to support schools in providing students with the best possible careers information, advice and guidance. 

At Sheffield Hallam, not only are we committed to supporting students, but to trying to make the lives of teachers and advisers easier. 

To this end, we have created a matrix that maps all of our activity against the Gatsby Benchmarks and lets you know which essential skills students will also be developing as part of our activity. 

Matrix coming very soon, please check back regularly.

If you would like more information about the Gatsby Benchmarks visit the Good Career Guidance website by clicking here.

Click the following links for all our resources for Teachers & Advisors and for Student Resources.

Why is developing skills important?

89% of young people believe that essential skills should be taught in colleges and schools*

Skills development is crucial in enabling young people to be ready for the working world and better equipped to deal with any challenges they may face in life.

‘Soft’ skills underpin academic attainment, employability, and an improved sense of wellbeing. Research shows that approximately 75% of long-term job success rests on “people” skills, while only 25% is dependent on subject knowledge**

Through all our activities we aim to give participants a head-start, allowing them to not only develop these skills further, but by recognising and articulating how they use them in day-to-day life.

Our essential life skills link to Skills Builder and into our Graduate Attributes, so young people are getting consistent support throughout their educational journey.

Essential skills for learning, life and work

Supporting students to become confident citizens of the world, through the development of: 

Skills development table


Skills in Focus

On March 1st we will be launching our Skills in Focus campaign! Each week for five weeks we will focus on these five essential skills:

  • Week 1 - Confidence
  • Week 2 - Resilience
  • Week 3 - Self-Management
  • Week 4 - Critical thinking
  • Week 5 - Citizenship

We will be posting daily skills-based content on our social media platforms, including employer facts, personal stories and even some memes! Each week students will be encouraged to reflect on how they have used that skill by writing a few sentences, giving them practice for when writing personal statements, job applications or just supporting their own wellbeing.

To take part and to develop your students' skills please download the Skills in Focus Worksheet (PDF, 241.3KB)

If you would like more information please contact wpoteam@shu.ac.uk

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*www.skillsbuilder.org/blog/better-prepared-essential-skills-and-employment-outcomes-for-young-people

** Klaus P (2010), "Communication Breakdown", California Job Journal, Vol. 28, No. 1248, pp. 1-9


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