“Employability skills are the skills that almost everyone needs to do almost any job” Self- management Thinking and solving problems Working together and communicating Understanding the business Using numbers effectively Using language effectively Using IT effectively Positive approach UK CES The Employability Challenge
8 What drives schools/colleges? F is for funding I is for inspection S is for statutory H is for hearts and minds of teachers
9 WhatHowWhoWhereWhen Educating for employability Intended outcomes
10 Creating a curriculum for employability What do we want to achieve? Understanding – themselves; career opportunities; work and working practices; employers’ needs Skills – enterprising; basic/functional; customer service Qualities – have a go attitude; respect for others; respect for the environment
11 WhatHowWhoWhereWhen Educating for employability Intended outcomes Learning experiences
12 Creating a curriculum for employability How will we organise learning? experience work – placement; visit make choices and take responsibility – plan events follow and create instructions speak out and express views engage in simulation and with visitors reflect on and apply learning
13 Learning for employability Watching Practising Imitating Feedback Chatting Teaching and Helping Real-world problem solving Listening, transcribing & remembering Writing and sketching Learning on the fly
14 WhatHowWhoWhereWhen Educating for employability Intended outcomes Learning experiences People School College Workplace 5-19 Needs of individuals
16 The leadership challenge – how are we doing? Do we have a vision and planned outcomes for employability? Do we have effective management and co-ordination in place? Do we have policies in place or in development? What resources do we use to support employability? Are we compliant with legal requirements? Do we recognise achievements?
18 Curriculum opportunities for career and work-related education Explicit, planned content in all curriculum subjects Specific lessons as part of a tutorial programme Whole school/college activities Specific projects and experiences
19 A curriculum for employability Learning in a work context Business involvement Synthesis of theory and practice experiential learning Experiences of work high fidelity or high validity Aiming for progression to work, HE/FE
20 Purpose of study – English and mathematics “All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised. “ “It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.” – National Curriculum
21 Purposes of National Curriculum subjects Science - vital to the world’s future prosperity Art & Design – contributes to the wealth of our nation Citizenship - knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society Computing – digitally literate at a level suitable for the future workplace
22 Purposes of National Curriculum subjects (2) Design & technology - essential contribution to the wealth and well-being of the nation History - equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Geography - inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people
23 Purposes of National Curriculum subjects (3) Languages - a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures; equipping pupils to study and work in other countries Music - increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement PE - build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect
26 Developing students’ employability: working with partners What is the rationale for partnership? Who are our partners? What can our partners provide?
27 Employer involvement – benefits to education revenue and resources governance improved community profile improved skills professional development opportunities for teachers higher staff morale innovative options for curriculum delivery
28 Developing students’ employability: working with partners What is the rationale for partnership? Who are our partners? What can our partners provide? How can we engage new partners?
29 Benefits to employers better prepared workforce recruitment staff development business development public relations employee relations force for change interdependent community partnership working with young people individual creativity parental aspect
How do you know if your employability strategy is working? Inspection & accountability measures Attainment in qualifications Skills / competencies / qualities Personal development / attitudes / motivation Parental / community / staff impact Unintended outcomes
32 A strategy for employability What understanding, skills and qualities do we want our students to have? What experiences should they have? Where and when will they have them? Who will be involved in planning, delivery and evaluation? Who are our partners and what can they offer? How will we assess students’ employability learning? How will we evaluate our strategy?
Enterprising Positive and enthusiastic Independent Sociable Problem solver Teamworker Individual learning plan Rights and responsibilities Identities Enterprise project Work experience Self-employment Money Employment Types of business Career options Work roles Knowledge Skills Attributes and qualities Principled
34 Gary Forrest firstname.lastname@example.org www.educationforemployability.co.uk