Earlier this year PayScale joined companies like PWC and Google in pointing out a huge skills shortage in the workplace. The skill in shortage however is not related to a lack of digital knowledge, writing or using machinery.

The issues facing employers are the vast number of graduates lacking in ‘soft skills’. 

At the absolute centre of the work delivered and measured at BYT is your child’s soft skills development and today we’ll explain why.

What are soft skills?

Firstly, soft skills are made up of a collection of traits that can prove hard to measure and often missed in a busy school education. They include leadership skills, time management, critical thinking, communication and others. While it can be difficult to assess some of these areas, there is no doubt that they are vital in supporting other skills needed for specific roles. 

The recent PayScale report highlighted communication, creativity and teamwork as areas where the current workforce needs to develop. At BYT, these same skills make up the spine of our teaching and curriculum.  

What makes soft skills so important? 

Unlike a specific knowledge of an industry or a grasp of certain techniques for a job role, soft skills are extremely transferable and apply to almost all industries. Never has this been more vital than for today’s children as Dell Technologies estimate, “85 per cent of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t even been invented yet”. So all we can give today’s children is  transferable skills. Some companies use soft skills to inform their entire mission from product development to customer management. WhatsApp Product Designer Charlie Deets is one such proponent of the Design Thinking process. 

“At WhatsApp, you start with a problem. You work on a spectrum of solutions. You start to whittle it down to the solutions that seem to solve it best…Then you keep grinding on the solution until nothing is actually wrong with it.” 

When tech-giants adopt a creative thinking approach, it encourages more businesses to do the same. It also highlights how essential soft-skills are.

How to develop your child’s soft skills.

Like any form of development, practice makes perfect and soft skills are no different. Introducing soft skills at an early age is crucial and while some schools have made improvements to focus on teamwork, communication and creative thinking, our children’s school provision still has a long way to go. At BYT, these skills are integral in helping children develop through drama. 

From the day your child joins BYT, they will begin interacting with children and working together to create art. Our bright young things, build their confidence through working together to develop scripts, debate, improvisation, character and real life scenarios. Our highly experienced drama facilitators will guide the creation by presenting an emotion, theme or idea for the groups to convey.

This task-based approach replicates what employers are asking from graduates, as they seek to employ problem-solvers and leaders. Learn more about the benefits of drama. 

The future workforce.

Your children are the first generation who can speak to their home, they access global on-demand media during playtime and spent less time. Their education in and outside of school should reflect the world they will work in. If you think your child could benefit from creative thinking development or improving their social skills with other children, contact us now. 

As well as our ongoing weekly classes, we also have our Belfast Hallowe’en Camps to look forward to from Wed 30th October to Friday 1st November. There are 2 classes, one for Juniors aged 3-7 and the Seniors class from 8-11-year-olds. To learn more about all the classes available at BYT, click here.

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