Employability and Skills Builder

Elevating Students’ Employability

Within College we deliver employability sessions to students each week which caters to each course level. The students cover core sessions (some examples below), but there is also flexibility within the plan to allow tutors time for careers related visits or guest speakers.

CV writing - To make sure students have a suitable CV to send to employers.

Careers Assessment - Students to undertake a ‘Skills Health Check’ on the National Careers Service website, to identify what future careers may be suitable for them.

Personal Goals and Achievements - Students to identify these and explore how to use them and move forward.

Volunteering - Student to understand different types of voluntary work and why this is useful.

Students will also do 6 mandatory work experience related sessions, getting the students ready for their placements. 

As part of your studies, you will take part in a minimum of one week's work experience with a local employer linked to your subject area. More information about work experience.

Skills Builder Partnership

What are the skills that make us stand out as good employees in the workplace? Great teamwork, clear communication and problem-solving abilities are a few.  Grantham College is now working with the Skills Builder Partnership to teach all of our students these ‘essential skills’, the ones every employer seeks when recruiting. Academic staff are measuring and developing students’ skills using Skills Builder’s comprehensive assessment tools and effective teaching resources.

The Essential Skills Universal Framework is at the centre and is made up of 8 essential skills: Speaking, Listening, Teamwork, Leadership, Creativity, Problem Solving, Aiming High and Staying Positive.  In the Framework, each of the 8 skills is broken down into 16 teachable, sequential skill steps, with each new step building on the previous one to promote progress.

Our students are given the opportunity to:

  • understand what the essential skills mean - what it takes to be a good team player for example
  • reflect on and measure their own skills to determine the ones they want to work on
  • learn the individual steps of each core skill e.g. ‘I speak effectively using facts and examples to support my points’
  • practise the skills they are learning to embed them
  • talk about their abilities, using the language of essential skills
  • evidence their skills, by keeping track of when and how they’ve demonstrated them, and
  • ultimately, advance their employability.

You can explore the Universal Framework here: https://www.skillsbuilder.org/universal-framework/listening

Parents and carers can find out more about the skills and why young people should learn them here: https://www.skillsbuilder.org/parents-and-carers

There are also resources to help students independently assess and develop essential skills. Benchmark is used for assessing skills: https://www.skillsbuilder.org/benchmark and Launchpad helps student to learn about and practise skills: https://www.skillsbuilder.org/Launchpad

Finally, there is a Home Learning Hub, which is suitable for younger children too and can be accessed here: https://www.skillsbuilder.org/homelearning

Please note: all of the above Skills Builder resources operate best when using Google Chrome.

If you have any questions about essential skills or how to support your child to develop them, please contact Caroline Kearsey on: ckearsey@grantham.ac.uk

The Principles - Skills Builder