Developing Soft Skills in Your CTE Classroom

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Developing Soft Skills in Your CTE Classroom

The workforce is becoming more and more competitive every day. New innovations in the workplace have caused technology skills to become a key focus in preparing students for future careers.

While technical skills are very important in today’s workforce, soft skills have become more necessary than ever before. That’s why Team iCEV has compiled this list of iCEV lessons to help teach the critical soft skills students will need to pursue a career in any field.


Teamwork is an essential aspect of any business environment, and employers are searching for job candidates who possess strong collaborative skills. Employers look for people who can take leadership roles when necessary and work with colleagues for the greater good of the company.

Teamwork & Collaboration Lesson

teamworkcollaboration.jpgUse the Team & Collaboration Lesson to define teamwork for your students and establish the skills, styles and roles necessary for collaboration. Create a hands-on learning experience with the Team Roles Student Activity.


Lesson Plan Team Roles Student Activity

Decision Making

Students must be able to make quick decisions, think on their feet, and solve simple problems in today’s workforce. Employees that display great decision-making skills are often excellent candidates for promotion to management level.

Decision Making Lesson

decisionmaking.jpgiCEV’s Decision Making Lesson guides students through the decision-making process and describes the factors affecting people’s decision making. Use the Future Decisions Student Project to apply the lesson to student career goals.

Lesson Plan Future Decisions Student Project



Good communication skills are especially valuable for employers today. It is important to for students to develop communication skills for both giving and receiving information.

Communication Styles Lesson

communicationstyles.jpgThe Communication Styles Lesson describes the importance of communication and how organizing information plays a crucial roll in effective communication. Use the Find It Student Activity to enforce the different communication styles found in the lesson.

Lesson Plan Find It Student Activity

Critical Thinking

Due to the challenges and issues that can arise on the job, students need to be prepared to overcome those challenges, even when they don’t know the answer. Employers expect candidates to be able to look for and find answers to complex business problems and technical questions.

Employability Skills Lesson

employabilityskills.jpgCritical thinking and problem solving are just some of the skills detailed in the Employability Skills Lesson. Use the KWL Student Activity to apply critical thinking in the classroom.

Lesson Plan KWL Student Activity

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