Wednesday, 6 February 2013

You Got That Job? Your Springboard For the Future as You Move into Employment

Last week in Skills For Employability Part One: Pre-Employment, we looked at some of the skills you need in order to impress an employer so much that you will get the job that you have been chasing. Remember, you are a small fish in a large pool. The employability pool.
This week we will look at some of the skills you need once you move into employment.

Skills for Employability Part Two: Moving into Employment looks at the standards of behaviour and requirements of employers which include:  

Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR): your rights and responsibilities as an employee, your employer's rights and responsibilities, an introduction to health and safety in the workplace, security, confidentiality, a self assessment checklist, ‘What do I need to do better / learn?’.Check your knowledge tasks & signposting to other learning programmes.

Important Aspects of Managing your Money: understanding your pay slip, tax and insurance, budgeting your money, income, and outgoings, check your knowledge and signposting to QCF units.

The Business Environment: what employers expect, working effectively in the workplace.Check your knowledge tasks & signposting to other learning programmes.

The Importance of Good Customer Service: ‘Who is my customer?’, internal and external customers, dealing with customer problems, improving customer service.Check your knowledge tasks & signposting to other learning programmes.

Healthy Living: eating well, exercise, sleep, personal hygiene. Check your knowledge tasks & signposting to other learning programmes.

Progression. ‘Where do I go from here?’ points you to the next stage of your journey.

Each chapter details the learning outcome (tell you what you will be learning). 

There is a series of tasks for you to complete along the way as well as some links to the Internet where you can explore the topics in more detail. This is to give you some variety in your learning journey and to check your progress. In turn, you will have a sense of achievement and will be able to see how far you have travelled.

At the end of each chapter, there is signposting to the Personal Life, Development/Employability Awards and Certificates, and/or Functional Skills. Therefore, if you read the topics carefully and complete all the tasks you could have some evidence to go towards this. This is called Accreditation of Prior Learning. No learning is ever wasted; learning can come from all sorts of situations both formal and informal, from work or from leisure activities. 

 Some of the benefits of the Skills for Employability user-friendly workbooks.  
  • Can work at your own pace.
  • Raised self-esteem and confidence.
  • An increased awareness of the standards of behaviour and requirements of employers.
  • An awareness and understanding of the business environment.
  • Each chapter details the Learning Outcomes and relevance to other qualifications such as Functional, Life and Employability Skills which are linked to the Qualification Credit Framework (QCF). Through short practical activities, you will be able to see how far you have ‘travelled’ in gaining knowledge and understanding which adds to a sense of achievement. 
Who are Skills for Employability books for?
  • School leavers; 16-18 yr old unemployed; returners to work; learners seeking a change of employment, wishing to enhance their prospects or, are between jobs.
  • Aimed at the home learner, someone who is unable to attend formal courses and as a resource for formal learning programmes
  • To fill gaps in underpinning knowledge and skills needed to ‘get on in life’.

Do you want to know more about this user-friendly workbook style of learning? It comes in paperback or an eBook in ePub, Kindle or *pdf digital formats and more; available worldwide for PC Mac and multiple devices.(Download Adobe Digital Editions free) 

So get ahead and climb the stair to success!
Parts of the above article are extracts from Skills for Employability Part Two: Moving Into Employment
Link to last weeks article here.

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