A one-size-fits-all approach to skills training is therefore not suitable, and training must be flexible to meet the diverse needs of the students.
An effective way of delivering transferrable skills flexibly is to tailor the training according to the students’ needs through the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF). The RDF is a professional development framework for planning, promoting and supporting the personal, professional and career development of researchers in higher education. It articulates the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of successful researchers and encourages them to realise their potential. Through this framework, the students can identify where their needs lie, what training is available to them, and in turn have control of their skills training throughout their candidature. This also allows the students, as the users, to map which skills they have gained through the framework, where they need improvement and how they can apply the skills in a range of settings.