The principles of SkillSense are grounded in research in economics, psychology, and sociology. Local research as well as national and international studies show that people who demonstrate higher social-emotional skills do better in school and life.
Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
In a 2020 survey on employability skills, employers were asked:
1. What are the top 5 skills you would like to see in the ideal employee or candidate?
2. What the top 3 skills that are rare or hard to find in an employee or candidate?
9 skills accounted for 80% of the skills employers stated they would most like to see in the ideal employee or candidate.
These same skills also accounted for 77% of the skills employers stated are the hardest to find in employees or candidates.
Among 263 responses from a wide variety of sectors, the top five skills identified as more important:
84: Time management
In a 2020 study conducted by the Calvin Center for Social Research on the Future of Work, it was determined that focussing on the development of Soft Skills across the region would make it best able to meet the demands of future work environments.
When asked how important soft skills are to their business, no matter the occupation or position, respondents overwhelming indicated that soft skills are vital to what they do.