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SKILLED

  1. 1. EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS Validated Self Assessment … how to do it ! Developed by Rob Denton
  2. 2. *This presentation will help you answer the following: 1. What are the ‘LINKup Employability Skills’? 2. Why are Employability Skills so important? 3. Why ‘assess’ Employability Skills? 4. Who assesses your Employability Skills? 5. How are your Employability Skills assessed? 6. What are the 3 Performance Levels? 7. How can Validated Self Assessment benefit you? 8. What are the steps involved in Self Assessment? 9. What’s involved in Validation? OBJECTIVES
  3. 3. 1. What are the ‘LINKup Employability Skills’? Employability Skills are … Also known as: Key Competencies Generic skills Life skills DEMANDED by employers today ESSENTIAL for applying your technical skills in the workplace Valuable in ALL areas of life! Employability Skills
  4. 4. 1. What are the ‘LINKup Employability Skills’? The ‘LINKup Employability Skills’ … Initiative & Enterprise Self Management Learning Communication Teamwork Problem Solving Planning & Organising Technology Using Information Mathematical Techniques
  5. 5. 1. What are the ‘LINKup Employability Skills’? LINKup Employability Skills Employability Skills Key Competencies Initiative & Enterprise Initiative & Enterprise Self Management Self Management Learning Learning Communication Communication Communicating Ideas and Information Teamwork Teamwork Working with Others and in Teams Problem Solving Problem Solving Solving Problems Planning & Organising Planning & Organising Planning & Organising Technology Technology Using Technology Using Information Collecting, Analysing and Organising Information Mathematical Techniques Using Mathematical Ideas and Techniques The ‘LINKup Employability Skills’ … include Employability Skills & Key Competencies as follows:
  6. 6. Job advertisementJob advertisement 2. Why are Employability Skills so important? JOBS! “… a self starter, highly analytical, effective problem solver, a good communicator ...”
  7. 7. 2. Why are Employability Skills so important? JOBS! Essential skills and attributes: • High levels of written and oral communication skills • Problem Solving and decision making ability • Ability to work effectively with others as part of a team • Ability to work in a changing environment • Ability to research, write and evaluate complex issues Essential skills and attributes: • High levels of written and oral communication skills • Problem Solving and decision making ability • Ability to work effectively with others as part of a team • Ability to work in a changing environment • Ability to research, write and evaluate complex issues Extract from Job & Person SpecificationExtract from Job & Person Specification
  8. 8. JOBS • Employers look for these skills because they want ‘work-ready’ graduates • Research shows successful companies recruit people with these skills • Proving you have these skills will help you get and keep a job LIFE IN GENERAL • Actually, these skills help you perform effectively in ALL areas of life 2. Why are Employability Skills so important?
  9. 9. 2. Why are Employability Skills so important? Mark Rebecca Employee HR Manager Rebecca (HR Manager) … “We look for people with very good soft skills, in particular communication, teamwork and problem solving. We do not employ people who are unable to work in a team regardless of their technical skills. When I interviewed Mark, his soft skills such as communication, teamwork and problem solving stood out by far in comparison to the other people that we interviewed. And it was for this reason that Mark got the job.” Advanced Rapid Robotic Manufacturing
  10. 10. 2. Why are Employability Skills so important? Mark Rebecca Employee HR Manager Mark (Graduate and employee) … It is widely known that many employers look at soft skills first before they look at qualifications. Therefore presenting only a Diploma or a Degree is just simply not enough to ensure success at a job interview these days. Gaining recognition for your soft skills through the Key Competencies program will give you the edge at a job interview. And I guarantee it!” Advanced Rapid Robotic Manufacturing
  11. 11. 3. Why ‘assess’ Employability Skills? 1. To PROVE your skills (through formal certification) AND 2. To help you UNDERSTAND and IMPROVE them (through the assessment process) TWO reasons… PROVE & IMPROVE!
  12. 12. 4. Who assesses your Employability Skills? Assessment is based on SELF ASSESSMENT. YOU take control of your assessment and YOU benefit directly… YOU SELF ASSESS your performance, so YOU UNDERSTAND your skills, so YOU KNOW HOW to improve them, so YOU can PROVE & EXPLAIN them at a job interview, so YOU GET THE JOB! … plus many other benefits. YOU !
  13. 13. 4. Who assesses your Employability Skills? Trainers, employers & peers offer great support but if THEY control the assessment then … THEY ASSESS your performance, so THEY UNDERSTAND your skills, so THEY can PROVE & EXPLAIN your skills at a job interview, so THEY GET THE JOB ???? YOU !
  14. 14. 4. Who assesses your Employability Skills? “Who is responsible for developing (and assessing) generic skills?” “The lecturer does make a big difference, and so does your employer, but at the end of the day … its YOU!” “Well I think its up to the individual” “I think the ultimate responsibility is yourself. But its more of a contract between myself and the facilitators or teachers” “Its definitely the student’s responsibility” From video - Generic Skills: Views and experiences of workers and students. Courtesy of NCVER
  15. 15. 5. How are your Employability Skills assessed? • You Self Assess your Employability Skills performance • as part of any suitable course or work activities (NOT extra activities!) • against clear criteria on Validated Self Assessment sheets • at one of 3 Performance Levels • and submit samples of evidence to your assessor for Validation Using a process called … Validated Self Assessment
  16. 16. 6. What are the 3 Performance Levels? PERFORMANCE LEVEL 1 - FOLLOW given guidelines to achieve set goals PERFORMANCE LEVEL 2 - CHOOSE from a range of available strategies, information and resources to achieve goals PERFORMANCE LEVEL 3 - CREATE new strategies, or modify existing strategies, to meet the specific needs of a real life context • Performance Levels indicate how self-directed you are in performing the Employability Skills • The more self-directed you are, the higher the performance level *IMPORTANT: Ensure you clearly understand the differences between these Performance Levels Increasing Self-Directedness
  17. 17. 6. What are the 3 Performance Levels? PERFORMANCE LEVEL 1 - FOLLOW given guidelines to achieve set goals PERFORMANCE LEVEL 2 - CHOOSE from a range of available strategies, information and resources to achieve goals PERFORMANCE LEVEL 3 - CREATE new strategies, or modify existing strategies, to meet the specific needs of a real life context • All Performance Levels are important • It is beneficial to prove that you can perform at every level • Achieving higher levels does not automatically mean you have achieved the lower levels Increasing Self-Directedness
  18. 18. 7. How can Validated Self Assessment benefit you? It is designed to help you develop your Employability Skills ‘Know How’ enabling you to… • Identify your Employability Skills • Prove your Employability Skills • Improve your Employability Skills • Apply Employability Skills effectively anywhere • Talk convincingly about your Employability Skills at job interviews Employability Skills
  19. 19. 8. What are the steps involved in Self Assessment? Step 1: IDENTIFY a suitable activity to demonstrate an Employability Skill Step 2: COLLECT the appropriate Validated Self Assessment sheet Step 3: NOMINATE the appropriate Performance Level Step 4: REFLECT on the criteria for your nominated Performance Level Step 5: IDENTIFY samples of evidence to address the relevant criteria Let’s consider each step in turn …
  20. 20. 8. What are the steps involved in Self Assessment? Step 1: IDENTIFY a suitable activity to demonstrate an Employability Skill This can be ANY suitable course or work related activity including: • a class activity • any self directed learning activity • a course assessment task • industry project or work experience • committee meetings (eg Student Representative Council) • special events • ANY activity RELEVANT to your field of study or work
  21. 21. Step 2: COLLECT the appropriate Validated Self Assessment sheet Sam Brooks 29 Feb 2003 Library Orientation Activity Collect the appropriate Validated Self Assessment sheet for the Employability Skill you wish to assess. Available from ‘LINKup Assessments’ on homepage after you Register. Enter your Name, Date and title of the Assessment Activity 8. What are the steps involved in Self Assessment?
  22. 22. 8. What are the steps involved in Self Assessment? Step 3: NOMINATE the appropriate Performance Level  Sam Brooks 29 Feb 2003 Library Orientation Activity Identify the ‘Level’ that reflects how ‘self- directed’ your approach was and tick your ‘Nominated Performance Level’
  23. 23. 8. What are the steps involved in Self Assessment? Step 4: REFLECT on the criteria for your nominated Performance Level Criteria includes: • General descriptions AND • Performance ‘Level’ criteria
  24. 24. 8. What are the steps involved in Self Assessment? Step 4: REFLECT on the criteria for your nominated Performance Level Read the criteria for your ‘Level’ … VERY CAREFULLY Think about what you did in your activity that meets the criteria EXACTLY Tick the appropriate ‘Level’ criteria if you believe you achieved it 
  25. 25. 8. What are the steps involved in Self Assessment? Step 5: IDENTIFY samples of evidence to address the relevant criteria Refer to section 1.2 of assignment sheet for clear statement of purpose of information IDENTIFY one sample of evidence to meet the criteria EXACTLY: Important: You DO NOT need to explain your evidence in detail … just clearly state, ‘point-out’ or reference it. Evidence could include … • a brief statement of what you did • a specific reference to relevant sections in a document or report for the activity • Trainer/Employer signature verifying demonstrated competence of criteria 
  26. 26. 8. What are the steps involved in Self Assessment? *** An EASIER WAY to get started *** Start with the Interactive Forms making self assessment MUCH EASIER including… • audio tracks explaining the criteria • examples of evidence • simplified layout • enter your evidence online • and much more! Assessment Forms available from homepage in two formats: Word or Interactive
  27. 27. 9. What’s involved in Validation? Step 1: SUBMIT completed Validated Self Assessment to assessor Step 2: Assessor VALIDATES that your evidence meets the criteria Step 3: Assessor RECORDS all successful validations Step 4: Assessor provides FEEDBACK to help you improve Let’s consider each step in turn …
  28. 28. 9. What’s involved in Validation? Step 1: SUBMIT completed Validated Self Assessment to assessor Submit the Validated Self Assessment sheet (along with any attached evidence) to the assessor responsible for the activity you have performed. Step 2: Assessor VALIDATES that your evidence meets the criteria The Assessor simply… (1) Reads your evidence (2) Checks that it clearly & fully meets the relevant Performance Level criteria (3) Validates each satisfactory sample of evidence To achieve validation for the Employability Skill your evidence must satisfy *all criteria for your nominated Performance Level. (*NOTE: Assessor may accept up to TWO criteria achieved at a different Performance Level OR not achieved)
  29. 29. 9. What’s involved in Validation? 3. Assessor RECORDS all successful validations Successful validations are recorded. Unsuccessful assessments are not recorded but are valuable learning opportunities to prepare you for future assessments. EXAMPLE: “VSMART” Student Management System (TAFE SA, TTG) Records the number of successful assessments for each Employability Skill plus a log of evidence.
  30. 30. 9. What’s involved in Validation? 4. Assessor provides FEEDBACK to help you improve Carefully read any assessor feedback and feel free to discuss it with them. This is a great way to continue to improve your understanding and skills. EXAMPLE: You may receive feedback on a LINKup Review Sheet giving you specific recommendations to help you improve.
  31. 31. C om m unicaton Problem Solving Team w ork Planning U sing Technology U sing Inform ation Initiative & Enterprise … a framework for life Validated Self Assessment will help you LINKup your Employability Skills SelfM anagem entLearning M athem aticalTechniques
  32. 32. Rob Denton TAFE SA Tea Tree Gully Campus rob.denton@tafesa.edu.au (08) 8207 8192 EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS Validated Self Assessment

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