About the Skills for Life programme

The Skills for Life programme is an online learning system, delivered by the CEDR Foundation, which allows individuals to self-learn the key skills of having difficult conversations. The programme is designed for people under the age of 25 from all backgrounds, who would not normally have been taught how to handle conflict or have difficult conversations.  We developed this based on our work in person delivering similar in-person programmes such as New Dialogues for organisations and individuals over the last five years.

At the end of the course, there is an assessment opportunity which will allow participants to test their skills and, if they pass, gain a certificate in CEDR Skills for Life.  There are also further resources available in the CEDR Hub at the end of the course for additional learning.

Each module is self-guided with videos from CEDR trainers to watch as well as interactive exercises and take-home reading and practice exercise.  Some screenshots from the site are below.

A module should take approximately 30 minutes to 45 minutes to complete.  It is possible to complete the entire course in an afternoon but we would expect most participants to do the course in two sittings (Modules 1-3 and then Module 4-5 and the assessment).

We are launching a pilot programme of the Skills for Life programme in March 2022. If you would be interested in participating in the pilot programme, please contact the CEDR Foundation team at [email protected] expressing your interest and we will be in contact. 

Please note that you will need to be under the age of 25 to participate in the pilot and that the pilot programme is delivered in English only.

The Skills for Life programme covers five main modules:

1. Introduction and a framework for having a difficult conversation

2. Active Listening Skills

3. How to handle emotions

4. Working with apparently difficult people

5. How to influence with integrity.

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