The Importance of Teamwork for Young People

By Debs Breacher

January 2019


Working effectively with others is very important. We start when we are very young – playing games with friends in the playground and working with peers on school projects. It is something that continues throughout our lives, especially at work where it is unlikely that we’ll end up in a job where we never interact or work with other people.


Teaching the importance of team working while young people are still in education can help with the following:


  • Improved communication
  • Improved self confidence
  • Better relationships with peers
  • Increased self-awareness
  • Group projects
  • Peer assisted learning
  • Confidence when making decisions involving people


Once in the workplace, an existing knowledge of how to work well with others will give young people a head start.


Now is a great time to introduce your students to the language of Belbin


Belbin have been working with individuals and teams around the world for over 30 years. The language of Belbin Team Roles helps people to identify their own and other people’s behavioural strengths and use this information to work together more effectively.

We have adapted the Belbin questionnaires and reports to offer this insight to students who are yet to enter the world of work, but who are expected to work with others as part of their continuing studies. 


Belbin GetSet is a 15-minute questionnaire culminating in a workbook full of personalised advice and guidance for young people aged between 14 and 19. It helps them identify their strengths, project them in a positive way and manage their weaknesses effectively.


The Belbin GetSet programme also offers a variety of free resources such as lesson plans and 45-minute soft-skills modules. Please contact us for further information. Email or call 01223 264975.