Available Courses

See below a list of available courses available for Employability.

Career Preparation and Planning

This course has been designed to provide learners with a range of skills that are key to preparing them for the workplace, and will assist learners in acquiring the skills, attributes and behaviours that are needed to enter and succeed in the world of work.

The qualifications provide flexibility and choice in the delivery of units, providing learners with the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge in the areas most relevant to them

People Skills

 Problem Solving Skills in the workplace; Allows learners to develop an aptitude for creative and effective problem-solving - one of the most valued attributes employers seek in their job candidates. This unit will enable the learner to recognise a range of problems in the workplace and how to identify appropriate solutions.

Communication

 This unit will enable the learner to know how to communicate and obtain information from others and how to deal people in different situations and with conflict situations. it will be appropriate for any individual wishing to progress onto counselling-related courses.

Attitude

Communication Skills allow learners to develop their skills in areas such as reading, writing and communicating. This unit will enable the learner to understand different forms of effective communication in the workplace and how to use it to deal with conflict situations.

Time Management/Time keeping

Time Management - This unit will enable the learner to understand time management skills and how to implement effective time management in own life, in the workplace in order to reduce stress, and achieve optimum productivity.

Decision Making

Different employers look for different things, of course, but decision-making skills are sought by virtually all companies, as we are faced with decisions, big and small, in the workplace every day. In general, applicants who can demonstrate an ability to identify all the options and compare them in terms of both costs and effectiveness have an advantage over those who can’t.

This unit will cover the following elements. Define the problem, challenge, or opportunity. Generate an array of possible solutions or responses. Evaluate the costs and benefits, or pros and cons, associated with each option. Select a solution or response. Implement the option chosen.

Teamwork skills/Team leadership skills

There has been an increasing demand from employers in recent years for training that focuses on the development of generic, transferable work skills. Teamwork Unit - This unit will enable the learner to understand the different roles and responsibilities within a team, how to work effectively as a team member, teamworking in the workplace, and how to contribute to a team activity

Solving complex problems

Problem-solving is in demand. It’s considered the top skill for success in the workplace and increasingly desired by employers. More than one-third of all jobs across all industries will require complex problem-solving as one of their core skills. This course will help learners to develop good Problem-solving skills and will cover. There are four basic steps in solving a problem: Defining the problem. Generating alternatives. Evaluating and selecting alternatives. Implementing solutions.

Writing /understanding instructions

Understanding and writing instructions; In business and employment understanding and writing instructions are an important skill for carrying out a procedure or performing a task. This unit will cover.

Delivering and taking Step-by-step instructions Written Instructions and numbered lists so that users can clearly recognise the sequence of the tasks. Effective instructions which commonly include visual elements that illustrate and clarify the text.

Developing/Taking Initiative

Initiative and creativity move the world. They foster the realization of innovative ideas in various industries and contribute to constant development. There is a great demand for energetic professionals who are inventive and enterprising enough to be proactive in everything they do. Initiative is work behaviour characterized by its self-starting nature, its proactive approach, and by being persistent in overcoming difficulties that arise in pursuit of a goal. This unit will cover how to take initiative in the workplace and how to develop initiative skills.  

Critical Thinking

 Developing critical thinking skills; This unit is designed to help learners who are looking to land the perfect job? Or for employees aiming to climb the next rung on the career ladder? Critical thinking skills give candidates the edge for that new job or promotion.

It will cover. • Keep the goal in mind • Know your biases and try to look past them • Ask questions and gather information • Evaluate the facts of the situation and all available data • Collaborate and get feedback from others—especially people with different backgrounds to your own • Generate possible solutions, particularly out-of-the-box ideas • Consider the short- and long-term consequences of implementing each solution

Professional Attitude/ Attitude to Work

 Attitudes to employment unit – This unit has been designed to enable learners to gain an understanding of the behaviours, attitudes and attributes required for employment and to produce an action plan to develop themselves to meet those requirements.

It is aimed at those learners who are looking to enter employment or to embark onto an Apprenticeship programme. It could also be used to assist learners to develop an individual learning plan (ILP).

Problem Solving

 Problem Solving Skills in the workplace; Allows learners to develop an aptitude for creative and effective problem-solving - one of the most valued attributes employers seek in their job candidates. This unit will enable the learner to recognise a range of problems in the workplace and how to identify appropriate solutions.

Personal Success and Well Being

The course is designed to introduce the learner in the early development of their personal, social, health and well-being. It is designed to enable people to achieve their full potential and help them deal more effectively with personal and social issues that may affect their physical and mental health.

Teamwork Skills and Practice

The OCN NI Level 1 Award in Progression to Employment has been designed to provide learners with the skills that are most important to employers in the workplace. It will help ensure that learners develop and achieve generic, transferable skills that employers look for and consider when recruiting staff. In order to achieve the qualification learners must complete the 3-credit unit, Teamwork Skills in Practice.

This unit will enable the learner to understand the different roles and responsibilities within a team and how to contribute to a team activity. This unit can also be incorporated into other programmes within the Level 1 Award in Vocational Skills

Level 1 - Entry Level 3

Personal Presentation at Work

The OCN NI Level 1 Award in Progression to Employment has been designed to provide learners with the skills that are most important to employers in the workplace. It will help ensure that learners develop and achieve generic, transferable skills that employers look for and consider when recruiting staff.

In order to achieve the qualification learners must complete the 3-credit unit: Personal Presentation at work unit. This unit will enable the learner to understand the importance and value of appropriate personal presentation at work.

Level 1 - Entry Level 3

Interview Skills

The course is designed to support participants in gaining a job, progressing in a chosen field, preparation for further study and supporting the development of techniques required that are most important to employers

Applying for Work

The course is designed to support participants in gaining a job, progressing in a chosen field, preparation for further study and supporting the development of techniques required that are most important to employers.

Setting and Achieving Personal Goals

The OCN NI Entry Level 3 qualification in Vocational Skills, designed to provide learners with an introduction to skills and knowledge. This unit will enable the learner to be aware of own personal attributes, their impact on own situation and how to set and achieve goals.

Progression to Employment

The OCN NI Level 1 Award in Progression to Employment has been designed to provide learners with the skills that are most important to employers in the workplace. It will help ensure that learners develop and achieve generic, transferable skills that employers look for and consider when recruiting staff.

There are a range of units as part of this course – please contact local hub to discuss.

SKILLS NORTH WEST FUNDED BY
This project is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014 – 2020 and the Department for the Economy. Skills North West is match funded with assistance from Derry City and Strabane District Council.