A new best practice guide published by Ofsted examines how Halton Borough Council (HBC)’s Employment, Learning and Skills Division works very effectively with employers, local partners and other providers to develop outstanding employability provision.
The study highlights 5 key steps to successful skills and employability provision.
- Employer Engagement: A dedicated employer engagement team links closely with prospective employers to identify current and future employment opportunities.
- Employer Focussed Curriculum: Discussions with employers on programme design focus exactly on the specific vocational skills and more generic employability skills that employers regard to be critical for the recruitment process and for sustaining employment.
- Careers Advice: The National Careers Service team provides information, advice and guidance to learners on an on-going basis to help them identify their career and employment goals and the steps needed to achieve them.
- Identify Learners Goals and Barriers: The tutors use a combination of information on learners’ employment goals, initial interviews and initial assessments to identify personal barriers to employment and prioritise personal learning targets.
- Target Both Vocational & Generic Skills: Deliver learning programmes that develop essential sector-specific vocational and generic employability skills, such as:
- Computer skills and work-related English and mathematics skills linked to specific vocational areas
- Work experience and work tasters
- Job applications / job seeking workshops and support
- Life skills support such as skills in managing a bank account, time management, and journey planning to help learners transition from benefits to paid employment.
Read the full resource on Ofsted >
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