Skills for Employability Part Two: Moving into Employment

ABOUT Rosalie Marsh

Rosalie Marsh
Award-winning author, Speaker, Learning & Development Consultant, Grandmother, Blogger, Marketer, Educator, Website Editor.  Born in Lancashire, Marsh settled in North Wales with her husband and growing family. She says: "I followed a varied career in banking, sales management a More...


This is the fourth of the new Lifelong Learning:Personal Effectiveness Guides by Rosalie Marsh which draw from her extensive skills & industrial experience in sales management  and work-based learning in adult and further education. It is a step in the personal and  professional development journey where development of the whole person is at the heart  of Marsh’s ethos.

In two parts, Skills for Employability - designed to read in bite-sized chunks - will focus on some of the skills you need in order to impress an employer, stand out from the rest, become employed , and enhance your future .

Part One looks at the pre- employment skills needed.

Part Two looks at what you need to know when you move into employment.

Each chapter details the learning outcomes and relevance to other qualifications such as Functional Skills, Life Skills and Employability Skills in the QCF. Through short practical activities, you will be able to see how far you have’ travelled’ in  gaining knowledge and understanding.

Part Two: Moving into Employment,  looks at the standards of behaviour and requirements of employers:

Introduction to health and safety in the workplace and Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) ; the business environment - good working relationships; the importance of good customer service. Important aspects of managing your money and healthy living are also covered and  prompts to learner to ask ‘Where do I go from here?’

as they look to other development opportunities.

Some of the benefits of Skills for Employability Part Two: Moving into


User-friendly. Can work at your own pace.

Raised self-esteem and confidence.

An increased awareness of the standards of behaviour and requirements of employers.

An awareness and understanding of the business environment.

Who is this book for?

School leavers; 16-18 yr old unemployed; returners to work; learners seeking a change of employment, wishing to to enhance their prospects or, are between jobs.

Aimed at the Home Learner and someone who is unable to attend formal courses.

To fill gaps in underpinning knowledge and skills needed to ‘get on in life’.




Foreword The target audience for this book is diverse. This includes those at pre-employment stage e.g. school leavers up to graduates; 16-18 year old unemployed who have not obtained sufficient grades to follow their preferred path; returners to work; those with disabilities who are seeking a change of employment; those in employment and seeking to enhance their prospects or are between jobs. Currently [01.2012], there are over 1 million people in the UK who are classed as ‘Not in Employment, Education, or Training’ (NEETS). Many do not have the life skills and/or a basic understanding of what is required to become and stay employed and enhance their future. This book—Part Two of Skills for Employability—will provide essential information to fill the gaps identified through research, enhance the prospects of a successful interview, and impress employers. There are many publications, which address the gaps in adult literacy, numeracy, and Key Stage 4. The whole raft of knowledge needed for employability and personal development—on which business success depends—is not currently fully represented. This book will address those aspects of employability relating to business and work-related practice. Currently, most practitioners engaged in work-based learning, design, and develop their own training programmes. This book will reduce the burden. It is designed to be a non-threatening user-friendly resource for anyone to use whether or not they attend a formal training course. Those seeking and moving into employment may be familiar with much of what is normally (but often not) contained in an induction programme. This book will enhance the process; learners will be entering employment forearmed; it will be a reference in the future. Much of the content is embedded as compulsory requirements in the mandatory units of various vocational qualifications. The chapters are signposted to units accredited in the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) including SSA Units 14.1 Foundations for Learning and Life and 14.2 Preparation for Work; OCR Personal Life Skills; OCR Employability Skills; City and Guilds Employability and Personal Development (7546) Units. The knowledge in this book could be presented for accreditation of prior learning and therefore speed up achievement for the learner. Author Note: ‘Essential Skills Wales (ESW) are the fundamental qualifications for reading, writing, maths and IT in Wales. They're designed to help you apply your skills to real situations—from adding up bills to creating a CV. You can get a qualification in three skill areas—Communication, Application of Number and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).’ 03.02.2012 ‘In Wales, the accreditation end date for Wider Key Skills has been extended to August 2014. The Wider Key Skills standards are currently being revised and it is anticipated that the revised qualifications will become part of the Essential Skills Wales suite from September 2012.’ 03.02.2012. Therefore, in the interests of inclusiveness, the topics are signposted—where relevant—to Functional Skills, Essential Skills Wales (Communication, Application of Number, Information Communication Technology [ICT]); and the Wider Key Skills Working with Others, Improving Own Learning and Performance, and Problem Solving.

What people say:

‘A highly effective trainer, coach, and assessor who strives for excellence in everything she does. Her knowledge of work-based learning and adult education is outstanding and she offers good support to those she teaches and mentors, particularly through drawing on her own personal experience as an adult learner.’


Andrew Ellams, MD Ellams Associates Ltd.



‘An inspirational individual and dedicated professional who gives and shares only her best. She's been very thoughtful and creative in her visionary approach to support the education sector, strengthen stakeholder relationships and guiding individuals to achieve their aspirations and goals.’



Prabhjit Kaur—PGCE(FE,) CMgr MCMI,  AssocCIPD,  MBA(Open) PGCE(FE).



‘A detailed and passionate professional, who loves to share her knowledge with anyone who will listen.’



Joanna Kinch, MD Kinch Print Ltd.