Employability Skills

Tthe world of work is changing rapidly. you should think about developing what are known as employability skills and capabilities rather than aiming for a specific job at this stage in your life. you could start finding out about different careers and matching them to your interests and skills.

What can you do to plan ahead?

  • work hard to do the best you can at school
  • try new things - join clubs and teams, volunteer and take part
  • explore interests and hobbies more
  • ask people about their jobs and businesses - find out about careers that interest you.
  • maybe you can even have a go at running your own mini enterprise (eg washing car walking dogs) but KEEP SAFE - tell an adult what you are doing.
  • manage your money - start a saver account and plan ahead on how to spend savings.


Aim to get the best GCSE/level 2 graded that you can - increasingly employers look at KS4 achievement as well as KS5/UNI grades as proof of your positive attitude towards work.

The CBI, an organisation representing British businesses, summed up what businesses need young people to learn whilst they are at school and college. They are skills that will help you to get and hold onto a job at whatever level you apply for one.

Lessons are just a starting point - you mainly develop employability skills outside lessons by doing things with others and making things happen.

You can get employability skills without being employed and paid to do a job. These are what the CBI tells us they are:

A positive attitude is the key foundation of employability

This can be summed up as:

  • a ‘can-do’ approach
  • a readiness to take part and contribute
  • openness to new ideas and a drive to make those ideas happen

What does this mean in more detail?

  • Self-management - take responsibility, good time management, learn by doing
  • Teamworking - respecting others, co-operating, negotiating/persuading, contributing to discussion
  • Problem-solving - analysing facts and situations, and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions using literacy, numeracy and ICT skills