Interested in developing your current skills?

At the Space, we’re here to help you take your skills from strength to strength. To start off with, it’s important you have the essential skills employers are looking for. You can then advance those skills with a variety of training opportunities, in-person and online courses.

How can the Space help?

We can help you find a course that’s appropriate for your current skill set, lifestyle and goals. We can also complete relevant referrals to organisations such as Croydon Adult Learning and Training (CALAT) and Croydon College to ensure the enrollment process is as stress-free for you as possible.

What is a skills assessment?

Completing a skills assessment is a great way to help you to identify the skills you currently have. You can then use this information to find a suitable career or as a tool to discover how to develop these skills further.

What are ‘essential skills’ and why are they important?

There’s a growing recognition that ‘essential skills’ are fundamental. These are the widely transferable skills such as communication, team working and problem-solving that benefit all workplaces. These skills can be developed throughout your life.


Communication skills are your ability to put across your ideas and thoughts in the workplace as well as how you listen to others. Employers look for clear, concise and constructive communication skills from as early as your CV and later in the work environment with coworkers.

The ability to communicate effectively – verbally, in writing and by listening – is both essential and rare. Those with strong communication skills are in high demand, regardless of the job or industry.


Working with others is required in most industries and job roles, so the ability to communicate well, actively listen and be honest while maintaining positive relationships with your team is essential. Developing your interpersonal skills, be it rapport, listening, motivating others or delegating/ taking on tasks will help you in and out of your workplace.

Flexibility is also key to working in a team environment, from flexibility in daily tasks to flexibility with others’ schedules to produce a productive and welcoming team environment. Having examples of teamwork and your interpersonal skills ready for prospective employers will showcase your ability to work in any professional environment and thrive as part of a team.

Technical Skills

Most jobs require some technical skills, whether that be industry software specific to the role or generic computer applications such as Microsoft Office. Computer literacy, in general, is essential in the workplace with applications such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint used daily in most organisations.

Specific software unique to certain organisations will usually be accompanied with training, but a solid grounding in computer literacy can make these transitions easier, and make you more appealing to prospective employers.


Organisation is an essential skill to have as it allows you to manage and prioritise your workload effectively. Showing that you are organised to a prospective employer can help you stand out amongst other candidates; calm and efficient working is always a desirable quality.

Demonstrating your organisational skills can be as simple as being punctual, or responding to an email quickly and with the required information, or even setting out your CV in a flowing, concise and informative way. Organisation is a key skill for any job and one that employers will always look for in candidates.

Problem-Solving Skills

In any work environment, problems occur and need to be solved. The ability to keep a calm head in these situations, analyse the problem and work towards an effective and appropriate solution is an essential skill to have.

An example of effective problem-solving is always beneficial in an interview situation, this demonstrates that you can think logically and analytically to solve any problem you may face with their company.

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