Unless a young person is applying for an opportunity where they are not expected to speak to or engage with another person all day, it’s fundamental that they can work as part of a team and show an understanding of teamwork at interviews. 

Collaboration skills are applicable in any job even if you work alone. Indeed, outside of the school environment the working world is all about communicating with other people and having good people skills.

Teamwork doesn't mean everybody doing the same thing or being able to do each other’s jobs, it means a synergised way of working where the sum is greater than the parts.

A teamwork environment is motivational, promoting an atmosphere that fosters friendship and loyalty and makes people feel good about the work they are doing.  

We all have different skills, qualities, talents, as well as weaknesses and habits, therefore when a team environment is not encouraged or an individual does not feel part of a team, it can spell problems.

If a young person joins a college course, a lack of team working skills may leave them isolated, affecting their results and success. If a young person on the autistic spectrum who finds being in a room with other people quite difficult gets a job in an office, without teamwork skills they may become isolated in the same way.

So whilst teamwork skills may seem obvious and easy to come by, for many young people these are skills that may need to be taught and #Focus5 does this through mentoring, volunteering and other social activities.