If you are between 16-18 and enrolled on one of our Study Programmes, your timetable may include a two hour weekly session in the Careers Gateway. During this time you will access an interactive online learning package which will help you to develop your Personal, Social and Employability skills.
At the Careers Gateway we believe we can help you to start your success story. While at college you will be building the vocational skills you need to access the next step in your route: job, university or further education. You'll also be refreshing your English and Maths skills to enable you in your career and life.
The Careers Gateway aims to support these skills and your time in college.
We aim to:
- Ensure you know how to create a CV, how to update it and understand appropriate formats and what to include
- Prepare you for interviews and your first day of work, boosting confidence wherever possible
- Provide you with personal, social and employability skills that are necessary while learning and working
- Provide an area to work on your employability skills, job search and application
- Maximise your employability potential
The online package, called Essentials, is accessible via an individual username and password. You will have an account set up for you during the first session, with information and advice on how to log-in and manage your learning area.
You will be studying the following online units during your time in the Careers Gateway:
Unit 1: Social Awareness
Managing your social behaviour
Communicating with others socially
Understanding eating disorders
Understanding equality and diversity
The Human Rights Act 1998
Finding out about your rights
Unit 2: Employability
Developing yourself and your strengths
Planning and reviewing your self development
Identifying and dealing with problems in daily life
Key qualities required for employment
Presenting information on a CV
Job search skills
Preparing for an interview
Rights and responsibilities
Identifying achievable job goals
Identifying and applying for jobs
Unit 3: Self Development
Understanding demands of study and setting targets for study
Finding, using and keeping information
Organising your study time
Listening and contributing when learning
What makes a healthy diet?
Healthy food preparation
Food safety awareness
Barriers that can prevent a healthy diet
The principles of exercise
The principles of nutrition
Sexual health awareness
How is the course assessed?
Activities and assessments are built into the online learning platform so you will not need to attend any separate exams. You can track your progress within your course and see how well you have done. Tutors are also on hand to support you throughout the course and you can go back and correct answers where necessary.
What will I achieve?
The course is divided in to three units, all with a various number of sections to complete. Once you have successfully completed a whole unit (with the correct answers!) you will be able to access and print your certificate for that unit. If you have any incorrect questions you will not have access to the certificate until you have corrected these. In this situation you will be supported by a tutor to revisit certain areas and have another go at the activities and assessments.
What will I need to bring?
You will need to come to the Careers Gateway with your earphones (these are required to access the video content on the interactive course) and paper/pen.