Our three month cross-industry consultation has now concluded, and we are delighted to publish our recommendations. We would like to thank everyone who emailed, tweeted or submitted a consultation response for their support. In total, 60 organisations expressed support for our campaign, and we received 40 consultation responses. In addition we hosted a roundtable event attended by youth groups, trade associations, businesses and employers.

Our report outlines four core recommendations:

  • A robust, user-friendly soft skills framework, which both individuals and employers can apply to their own organisations and hiring processes
  • Soft skills to be embedded into curricular and extra-curricular activities
  • Links between business, education and the youth sector to be improved, to drive careers education for young people and soft skills development for all
  • Government departments to join up more to make support for soft skills more consistent across policy decisions

To download our report, click on the button below.


We know there is an enormous amount of work to do to get soft skills the recognition they deserve. This is why we have set up a working group, which will drive forward these recommendations and develop the framework for the development and evaluation of soft skills. We will publish all news and updates from our working group on this website – please do keep checking back for more information.

The challenge of improving our nation’s soft skills is one that cannot just be undertaken by businesses alone. That is why we urge all sectors, organisations and individuals to download our report and help implement its recommendations in their day-to-day life.

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