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Employability skills (soft skills) help young people to succeed in a workplace. They are vital for helping solve the problems which often arise at work, particularly when a young person is first starting out and learning what it really means to be a worker.
Key employability skills include:
These problem solving task cards use realistic situations - just like those faced by young people every day in a workplace. They challenge learners to think about possible solutions and discuss options before sharing their ideas with others in the class or group.
How to use the workplace problems task cards:
Give pairs of students a copy of the task cards and have them discuss and plan how they would solve each problem using employability skills. Encourage 'if, then' thinking strategies as well as considering more than one alternative to solve the problems. Ask students if they can think of more than one solution to each problem and share their ideas with another pair or group.
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Workplace safety is an area where there are often problems to be solved and many solutions which are possible. Once your students have completed the discussion and problem solving activities embedded in the workplace problems task cards, they may enjoy completing a webquest about workplace safety using the webquest resource.
You can also begin teaching students about the importance of employability skills to help them find and keep work. This employability skills student information pack provides a neat introduction to critical skills such as communication, team work, creativity and innovation, and shows students how they can utilise everyday activities to build resume ready skills.
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Images are from the ever wonderful Ron Leishman at Digital Toonage.