Level 3 Employment Ready

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr R. King

This course builds key personal skills and team skills, aiming to prepare students for the transition to employment or vocational training. Students when identified as "workplace ready" are eligible for external courses relevant to their career interest eg; Barista training and also workplace experiences on a flexible basis through Terms 3 and 4.

At the beginning of the year, students undertake externally provided courses that build skills and valuable qualification for CV's eg; First Aid Certificate and Workplace Safety Certificate. A significant group 'project' follows, that develops team building and communication skills; Thereafter, students are offered a menu of skills based Unit Standards on an individual basis, related to need and career focus. Careers interviews and career planning are carried out during the year with a focus on building an effective C.V and interview skills. Students may also be offered sports coaching/refereeing courses to develop interpersonal and organisational skills (qualifications, credits and employment opportunity)

Our goal is to have every Year 13 Employment Ready student leave school with a qualification (ideally at NCEA L3), a job (preferably full time) or an up to date C.V with the confidence to apply for vocations of their choice   

Course Overview

Term 1
During Term 1, following the workplace preparation phase (eg; First Aid/Workplace Safety etc) and careers input (begin Career Plan), students will undertake a significant community based 'project' that develops teamwork,communication and problem solving skills.

Students will gain approximately 1 L1 Credit, 1 L2 Credit and 10 L3 credits from the workplace preparation courses and approximately 15 L3 credits from the community based project.

Term 2
Students will complete their community based projects during Term 2 and then 5 L3 credits from 2 generic skills-based standards. eg; Decision making skills/ Researching a workplace. From mid -Term 2 students who have demonstrated reliability and keenness are then offered workplace experiences. Other assessment opportunities and external training course may also be offered to keen students. eg Barista; Site Safe; Driver licensing etc

NOTE; All standards offered in Employment Ready are Unit Standards and count towards NCEA L2/L3 but not University Entrance. Students can be expected to complete around 25-30 L3 Unit Standard credits during the course, which is half of their NCEA L3 requirement.

Term 3
During Term 3 students continue workplace experiences and may be encouraged to look at more than one work experience. Student also revisit their original Career Plan, update C.V's and begin preparing for 'next steps', that may include (among other options) apprenticeships/trainee-ships; full time/part-time employment; and tertiary studies at Polytechnic.

Term 4
This time is set aside for those students who are required to study for external exams and for exploring employment options or next steps.

Recommended Prior Learning

Students should have an interest in gaining skills relevant for a wide variety of work pathways. Students who select Employment Skills will want to improve their confidence and communication skills. Students should expect to work both independently and in group situations.

Career Pathways

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