Improving Soft Skills in Our Community

Feb 11, 2018

One of the most common challenges businesses here and across the country face is the lack of soft skills. As a community, we are focused on doing something about it. 

The Work Ready Coalition with the Cape Chamber spearheaded the development of a strategy designed to create common language and hopefully improve the overall state of soft skills in our community. Schools, government, nonprofit and businesses came together to create Capable: Essential Skills for Life and Work. This is a community-wide campaign set to launch later this year. I just want to share a few key details at this time.

First, we have collectively decided to use the term essential skills. This refers to things such as being able to communicate, working in teams, and so on. We believe this is a more accurate description and will better serve the community.

Second, this entire program is built from the concept of the four Cs: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity. Each month, we will focus on of these areas. For instance, in August, we might focus on Communication, specifically talking about respect. Another month we will focus on Communication, but key in on interpersonal skills.

As the nature of work continues to change and society evolves, it is getting more difficult to find people capable of functioning at a high level in the workplace. We believe our entire workforce is Capable of so much more.