Create Skill Framework

The CREATE framework is grounded in a wide range of skills typologies and has been developed specifically for Studio Schools in order to equip young people with the key employability skills that they need to flourish in life

Key employability and life skills underpin all of the activities at a Studio School through the unique CREATE skills framework

CREATE is comprised of a wide range of skills and stands for:


Relating to people


Applied skills

Thinking skills

Emotional intelligence


The CREATE skills framework has been designed to equip young people with the skills they need for life and work

Evidence consistently shows that employers are concerned about key skills gaps in the British economy. Every new survey of unfilled vacancies confirms that employers are looking for – and not finding – key employability skills amongst schools leavers. The Leitch Review backed this up. Commissioned in 2004 to identify Britain’s long term skills needs it identified employability skills such as critical thinking, communication skills and team work as amongst the country’s biggest gaps

However, extensive research shows that equipping young people with employability skills alone is not enough. In a competitive and uncertain world, young people also need to think creatively, build resilience and be able to respond effectively to rapidly changing circumstances. The evidence suggests that embedding creativity and an ability to respond successfully to change is vital if the UK is to compete in an increasingly globalised service economy


CREATE has been designed specifically for Studio Schools to equip young people with the employability and life skills that they need to succeed. For further information visit the Studio Schools Trust website at