Accelerator 2021-22

At Pioneer House we are proud to announce that in Summer 2021

we achieved the GOLD Skillsbuilder Award.

Pioneer House have worked with Skillsbuilder for several years now. They provides staff and students with a framework, projects, virtual employer trips and challenge days in order for staff to build on and improve skills related to employment. The 8 Essential Skills are Listening, Speaking, Problem Solving, Creativity, Leadership, Teamwork, Staying Positive and Aiming High and these are embedded across the curriculum, the vocational careers offer and the work experience offer at Pioneer House. These are vital employability skills as well as supporting students in other areas of their lives too. Pioneer House has been implicated as a case study within Skillsbuilder training and information materials to support other schools across the country and in this academic year has been awarded the GOLD Award.

The Gold award is given for those modelling best practice in high-quality essential skills education and where:

  • Schools have fully embedded the Skills Builder Principles
  • All teachers will be confident educators of essential skills
  • Essential skills education is fully integrated into daily practice

As a school we are so proud of the work the students have put into the Skills Builder activities and are delighted that this hard work has been recognised with the GOLD award. 

We have been accepted onto the Skills Builder programme for next year and can’t wait to continue and extend the fantastic work.

We are confident that this will help students develop skills for life and will dramatically improve their employability as adults.

“All the schools and colleges who have achieved a Skills Builder Award this year have demonstrated that they are committed to ensuring that every one of their students builds the essential skills to succeed. These essential skills have been needed more than ever this year: speaking, listening, teamwork, leadership, creativity, problem solving, aiming high, and staying positive. We congratulate them on a brilliant achievement.”
- Tom Ravenscroft, Founder & CEO, Skills Builder Partnership

Accelerator 2021-22


About the Skills Builder Partnership
The Skills Builder Partnership brings together more than 700 organisations towards a common mission: ensuring that one day, everyone builds the essential skills to succeed. We work with educators, employers and impact organisations to establish a shared language, principles and outcomes for eight essential skills which drive learning in school, underpin success in employment and foster life-long personal and professional development. Please visit for more details

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