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25/07/2014

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CREST can help students gain key employability skills

The CREST Awards scheme has recently carried out a piece of research looking into whether completing a CREST Award project helps students to develop key employability skills. The CREST Awards recognise success, helping students to demonstrate personal achievement in STEM project work and build skills, including creativity, problem solving, planning and evaluating. However, this new research shows that CREST can also enable students to develop other key skills that will help them in the world of work. 

The assessment, which was carried out by Elaine Hendry and based on the model of employability skills developed by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, found strong evidence to suggest that the CREST Awards develop more than just science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills. By undertaking a CREST Award, students also gain the opportunity to develop key employability skills such as self-management, working together and communicating, and using numbers, language and IT effectively. The report stated that “Almost all the employability skills in the model are integral to the structure of CREST Awards, regardless of level and of the project chosen.” These are the skills that the UK Commission for Employment and Skills called the “lubricant” of our modern workplaces.

We’re really excited by this new evidence to demonstrate the value and relevance of CREST in schools. This report comes at the end of an excellent year for CREST, during which more than 30,000 students achieved a CREST Award and we launched our new Discovery Award to help us reach an even wider audience. We hope that this report will help us continue to grow and expand the scheme, and to equip students with the skills they need for their future working lives.

The full report on the CREST Awards and employability skills can be downloaded here

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