The Upskillery is an online space where young people can build practical skills required for knowledge based workplace. Skill development will focus on the skills that jobs actually require. There will also be an emphasis on building general business skills so that that young person can add value to organisations they want to join.
The online platform could incorporate the following features:
- Video tutorials / podcasts / slides to help young people kids develop relevant skills (eg: sales skills could include: "How to cold call", "how to negotiate like a pro", "how to empathise with your customer", "how to ask relevant questions", "how to predict sales", "how to pick a good lead"). These skills are linked directly to the skills that you will actually use, day in, day out as well as skills that will enable you to add value to the business you want to join.
- Each of these videos will link up to tasks, so that the user can learn by doing. For example, if the tutorial is on learning ninja excel data analytics skills, then the video could link to an excel data set that the student uses while watching the video. If the student is leaning about business models and how to use them to add value to an organisation, the video could link to a copy of a hackable business model canvas that the student can use and apply to a business in the field that they are interested in.
- Library - links to other useful content.
- Online mentorship provided by people working in those industries (via skype / google hangouts / twitter Q&A's).
- Online community that will enable peer-to-peer learning, reviews and support.
- Online dashboards where you can track your skills.
- Job searching and CV / cover letter writing assistance.
- Potential tie in with a job board
While there are plenty of online educational platforms out there ( Khan Academy for core school carriculum, General Assemly's Front Row for design, tech and entrepreneurial skills, and various online MOOCs) - there seems to be a gap in the market that helps individuals gain the practical skills that they need to work in organisations.
Piloting the scheme
Pilot the scheme in a few general areas as well as a few core fields (chosen predominantly for their prevalence as 21st century jobs as well as the relative ease to teach them online).
General skill areas:
- understanding business (eg: illustrating the general levers of business by teaching the business model canvas)
- understanding numbers at work
- email / phone / social media etiquette
- how to prioritize and focus on the right stuff
- Social Media
- Data Analytics