Certificate in Employability Skills Distance Learning Level 1 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

The aim of this qualification is to allow learners to demonstrate understanding of, and competency in, employability skills. It will help learners develop and enhance skills required for the working environment, develop learners’ confidence for employment and motivation, improve communication skills and personal effectiveness and provide a basis for further study.

  • Unit 1 – Understanding mindset

This unit aims to provide learners with an understanding of how employability can be affected by their mindset, focusing on the key qualities sought by employers.

  • Unit 2 – Understanding motivation

In this unit learners will be introduced to an exploration of motivation in a work context. This unit will cover what motivates or demotivates people and the impact this can have and how motivation can be influenced by colleagues, home life, career prospects and expectations.

  • Unit 3 – Dealing with your first days at work

This unit aims to prepare a learner for their first few days at work and covers the importance of first impressions, understanding where they fit with others and in the organisation, and who they have to work with and report to. It covers what might be included in an induction process.

  • Unit 4 – Problem-Solving at Work

This unit will introduce learners to problem solving in a work context, recognising and moving current understanding of problem solving in a home, education or social situation into a work environment.

The unit covers the different types of problem learners might encounter in the place of work, applying problem-solving techniques and identifying solutions.

  • Unit 5 – Taking part in a project

This unit introduces learners to project work. It covers the nature of project work and projects at work and the roles of people and processes.

  • Unit 6 – Working in a team

Learners will be introduced to some of the basic skills needed to work in a team in a work context. The unit will cover how teams work, recognising own strengths in contributing to a team and the contributions of others and understanding team goals.

  • Unit 7 – Working with Colleagues

This unit introduces the importance of maintaining good working relationships in the place of work. The unit is not concerned with team working as such but rather looks to address what it is like to function in a working environment occupied by different types of people.

The unit will cover the communication techniques and skills required and look at how to thrive in this type of environment.

  • Unit 8- Job Application Skills

This unit introduces learners to the sort of information needed for a job application, how to complete a straightforward job application form and write a covering letter. The unit content includes understanding the type of information usually requested in job application forms, presenting information appropriately for the audience and purpose, and basic guidelines for completing forms and formal letter writing.

  • Unit 9 – Writing a CV

This unit covers the information required to create a CV and allows learners to create their own CV.

  • Unit 10 – Job Search Skills

This unit introduces learners to the necessary knowledge and skills for carrying out searches for jobs and making applications. The unit will cover identifying the best places to look for suitable job opportunities, using job searching resources and knowing who can support them to look for work. The unit starts with a personal career plan and review, and then explores the different ways learners can attempt to find work. The learners then move on to review the local job market and assess their individual prospects.

Assessment Methods

Assessments are due at the end of each unit. Your tutor will assess your work and build up your portfolio of evidence of learning. A certificate will be awarded on satisfactory submission of evidence of learning for the units studied.

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Course Title Certificate in Employability Skills Distance Learning Level 1
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