Skilled & Ready

The Client

Skilled & Ready is a Birmingham based charity. The focus of the charity is their flagship product - the Skilled and Ready award. The award is an employability programme that helps students recognise and use the skills businesses really need.

The Brief

We were challenged with developing a platform that allows students to evidence 7 different skills, increase their understanding of employment and discover suitable career paths for their future.

The goals

Develop a platform that would bridge the gap between education and employment. The technology needed to educate students about the skills needed to get a job, how to complete a job application and provide an insight in to the world of business.


The app asks Students to complete various challenges through which they will practice and keep an evidence log of these seven essential skills. The Skilled and Ready online tracker allows the student to upload word documents, photos, PowerPoint presentations, audio or video files. When evidence is uploaded the student’s teacher receives a notification and can review the work, giving the student hints and tips on how they can improve their portfolio. Once the evidence is finished and the student passes that skill - they can move on to the next one.

Ensuring that our young people have the skills they need to succeed when they first enter the world of work is a key part of our long term economic plan...I want every school and college in Birmingham to be able to offer it so that young people can get the skills they need to get on in life.

David Cameron, Former Prime Minister

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