Profound global changes in the use of technology and the nature of work
have urgent implications for how we educate young people and prepare
them for the labour market. Employers are increasingly looking for
youth who are flexible, adaptable, proactive, creative and collaborative.
In short, youth need soft skills: the broad set of skills, attitudes, behaviours
and personal qualities that enable them to effectively navigate their
environment, work with others, perform well and achieve their goals.
There is a growing awareness of the value of soft skills to both employee
productivity and the healthy development of young people in general.
The development of soft skills is deeply intertwined with academic and
technical skill development. Though soft skills are increasingly seen to
benefit youth in all domains of life, these skills are poorly understood,
not well assessed, and too often overlooked in policy and institutional
contexts, including education, training and the workplace.