Careers related learning in art, craft and design

Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)


In addition to providing pupils with the skills for direct employment in the creative industries, the arts have long been recognised to foster and develop the skills that are increasingly being valued as we move to a post industrial economy:

  • The ability to work constructively in teams.
  • The ability to think flexibly.
  • The ability to identify problems and seek solutions.
  • The ability to think creatively and communicate their ideas to others.
  • The confidence to express themselves to a range of audiences.

These skills are not only useful for those seeking employment in the creative industries but are also valued by a wide range of employers.

The PLTS and art and design?

The PLTS are not simply generic skills but are also specific to careers in art and design. Throughout the linked activities and case studies you will see the PLTS as key to the success of individual’s careers as well as essential to the success of individual projects.

As well as being described generically, each of the PLTS has also been written specifically for art and design. To find out more about these examples Click here

The PLTS are integral to all progression pathways including foundation learning, apprenticeships, GCSE and GCE qualifications and are an essential part of the learning for each of the Diplomas.

Activity: What skills are important for careers in art, craft and design?

To answer this question, encourage your pupils to look through some of the case studies and to see how many examples of the PLTS they can find.

Are there other skills that are equally important? (This is an opportunity to introduce the Functional Skills Framework)

Do some skills seem to be more important than others?