Saturday, 26 July 2014

Looking to get into Employment? Some Employability Skills to Help You.

This week, I posted about working effectively in the workplace. Next week - Monday July 28th and Thursday July 31st, I am focusing on job interviews and a successful application as it is the time of year when many are entering the bewildering world of work for the first time.

So what is all this about? Some time ago, my research for another topic led me to a need for employability skills and Skills for Employability was eventually born. In two parts, covering pre-employment and moving into employment, they are user-friendly workbooks where you can work at your own pace, at a time to suit yourself.

Who are these books for?

Below is an excerpt from the Foreword.

"The target audience for this book is diverse. This includes those at pre-employment stage e.g. school leavers up to graduates; 16-18 year old unemployed who have not obtained sufficient grades to follow their preferred path; returners to work; those with disabilities who are seeking a change of employment; those in employment and seeking to enhance their prospects or are between jobs. Currently [01.2012] there are over 1 million people in the UK who are ‘Not in Employment, Education, or Training’ (NEETS).

Many do not have the life skills and/or a basic understanding of what is required to become and stay employed and enhance their future. This book—one of a series—will provide essential information to fill the gaps identified through research and enhance the prospects of a successful interview.

There are many publications which address the gaps in adult literacy, numeracy, and Key Stage 4. The whole raft of knowledge needed for employability and personal development—on which business success depends—is not currently fully represented. This book will address those aspects of employability relating to current business and work-related practice. Currently, most practitioners engaged in work-based learning design and develop their own training programmes. This book will reduce the burden. It is designed to be a non-threatening user-friendly resource for anyone to use whether or not they attend a formal training course.

Those seeking employment may be familiar with much of what is normally (but often not) contained in an induction programme. This book will enhance the process; learners will be entering employment forearmed; it will be a reference in the future.

Skills for Employability Part One:  Pre-Employment is made up of chapters, which cover a number of topics.
Preparing for Work covers: identifying what employers are looking for, looking at job vacancies, identifying personal skills and qualities, a self assessment checklist, ,what do I need to do better/learn? Check your knowledge & Signposting to QCF Units.
Job Applications covers: writing a CV and covering letter, how to structure a CV., Pen Picture & strengths/weaknesses, going for an interview. Check your knowledge & Signposting to QCF Units.
Working Effectively in the Workplace covers: attitude and behaviour, getting to work, effective communication, working effectively. Check your knowledge. Signposting to QCF Units.
ICT Skills in the Workplace covers a self-assessment checklist of ICT skills, e-mail, Internet, health, safety, and security relating to ICT. Check your knowledge. Signposting to QCF Units.
Progression. Where do I go from here points you to the next stage of your journey.
Each chapter will detail the learning outcome (tell you what you will be learning). There will be 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 will be signposting to personal life development/employability awards and certificates, and/or Functional Skills. So 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. Once you have learned something, there is no need to go through the process again if it appears in a different qualification. Although this book is not designed to give you a qualification in itself—more to help you develop yourself—the bite-sized chunks mentioned in the Personal Life/Development and Employability Skills qualifications are given a credit value and are transferable. This book will contribute to the knowledge and understanding needed whether or not you are undertaking the qualification at this time.

To read more and prepare for work or to improve your current practice follow thelinkhere to your favourite bookseller or online retailer worldwide in the bookstore. Available in print, Kindle, Adobe Digital Editions *pdf and ePub for iBookstore, Kobo, Nook etc.

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