Students explore the infographics in the Foundation for Young Australian New Work Order research series and the employability skills to gain an understanding of skills, knowledge and aspirations for particular industries. Students further develop their understanding of interest, skills and capabilities within industry through the use of PowerPoint presentations/ short clips, in which they identify industry specific skills, as well as transferable skills across a range of industries. Students also complete an industry skills audit to help identify which skills are transferable across industries, and reflect on their findings. Students apply this knowledge through the completion of a career quiz and research task which help identify their own personal strengths and weaknesses/blockers in relation to their employability skills and personal capabilities and attributes. Students complete the research task by specifically looking at their own skills, and discussing strategies for improvement for future prospects and outcomes.Students use case studies and a set of structured questions to demonstrate their level of comprehension and examine the link between transferable skills, ongoing training and development, industry exposure, formal and informal education and employability. Students then draw on their knowledge of communication to identify ‘good vs bad’ communication skills. In order to develop their understanding of recruitment and selection processes, students need to apply for a job and complete mock interviews. For this task, they need to develop a set of interview questions that may be asked during the interview for their specific job application, as well as possible interview responses to each question. They will then be able to apply this knowledge to complete the mock interview with their peers/teacher/industry specific individual and evaluate their interview skills based on feedback. Students then list improvement strategies based on the feedback and apply this to conduct a second mock interview.
Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each units learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines.
The qualified trainer and assessor will provide teaching and learning materials as required in the form of workbooks produced by the VU Polytechnic and/or via the VU Polytechnic e-learning system.
This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.