build My Skills


According to research 1 in 4 UK jobs go unfilled this is caused by the widening skills crisis as up to 75% of school leavers lack essential job skills for the workplace or without fully considering their career options. At the same time schools have difficulty in delivering ‘real’ experience of the world of work, effective careers advice and raising aspirations. The absence of independent career advice and an uncertainty of career aspirations can bring detrimental economic disadvantages.

Build My Skills

The ‘Build my Skills’ programme is designed to equip young people with the necessary skills and competences to make them more employable.

There is a programme of study across all 4 Key Stages (KS1-4) and they will focus on identified skills and competences taken from the ’Skills Employment Learning Framework’ (SELF) devised by the ’Furness Education and Skills Partnership’ (FESP) for Key Stages 1-4.

Student Benefits

Furness Education and Skills Partnership FESP Build My Skills Booklets on Desk

The BMS Project embeds employability and life skills through the FESP Skills and Employability Framework.

Build My Skills KS1-KS4

We partner with schools for an academic year, working with an entire year group.

All students receive an introductory session delivered by FESP followed by three or four business sessions throughout the year.  Each session will be delivered by a different business / partner who provides insight into their world of work, valuable employability skills, their career path and supports the completion of checkpoints – components of their ‘employability portfolio’.

After each presentation, students will complete the corresponding ‘Checkpoint’ task. By completing the ‘Checkpoint’ task students will undertake an activity relating to the Skill / Competence covered within the presentation.


For the last seven years we have had the pleasure of working alongside some fantastic schools and businesses to deliver the Build My Skills initiative. It is a showcase of what can be achieved using the power of collaboration and when the public or private sectors join forces.

Caroline Vernon - FESP Programme Manager

The BMS programme is structured with clear delivery outcomes, progression and pathways for the future.