Employability Skills

The joint CBI and Iniversities UK report (2009), "Future Fit: preparing Graduates for the World of Work", defined employability skills as:

"A set of attributes, skills and knowledge that all labour market participants should possess to ensure they have the capability of being effective in the workplace - to benefit themselves, their employer and the wider work economy".

We are all aware of Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTs) but how aware are we of their place in the World of Work? Aside from having a positive approach, a willingness to take part and contribute, an openness to new ideas and a drive to make these ideas happen, the following PLTs are crucial in all jobs, (some more so than others depending on the job and the level at which you are working within the company!)

Self-Managers can:

  • Show initiative
  • Organise themselves to meet deadlines
  • Organise their resources
  • Deal with pressure
  • Ask for advice if they need it

Creative Thinkers can:

  • Come up with new ideas
  • Explore lots of different possibilities
  • Ask questions to extend thinking
  • Try out other solutions
  • Adapt

Independent Enquirers can:

  • Plan and carry out research
  • Analyse and evaluate information
  • Back up their findings with evidence
  • Argue their point

Team Workers can:

  • Collaborate with others to reach an agreement
  • Show fairness and consideration to other ideas
  • Take responsibility for their role within the group
  • Be confident to ensure their ideas are heard

Effective Participators can:

  • Present a persuasive case
  • Discuss issues
  • Seek solutions to problems
  • Identify ways forward

Reflective Learners can:

  • Assess how well they and their co-workers are doing
  • Set new goals and targets
  • Seek out feedback on their progress
  • Act positively on feedback

One of the great things about employability skills is that you can start improving these today.  Check out the posters around the school and in your classrooms.  Listen to your teachers and mentors and try to spot when you are developing each one.  And remember that they work alongside literacy, numeracy and ICT skills too!

There are lots of opportunities to develop employability skills whilst you have fun doing other things at Ringmer.  The more you get involved, the more you will develop these important skills and the more impressive your CV will look!

What Can I Get Involved in?

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Welsh Camp - what better way to improve your Team Working and Self-Learners PLTs then by spending a week camping alongside Llangorse Lake in the beautiful Breacon Beacons in Wales. (Year 8s only)

TW, CT, EP, SM

 

 

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Senior Students - make sure you apply early to ensure you are prepared for your interview (Year 11s only)

TW, CT, EP, SM, IE, RL

 

 

 

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Sports Clubs - open to all students, all year round, competing against other local schools or just to improve your fitness and skills. There is a huge range of clubs available, but if there is a club you would like to add, speak to a member of the PE Department

TW, CT, RL, EP, SM

 

 

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School Productions/Drama Club - You may be the next Daniel Craig or a budding Steven Speilberg. Maybe your interest lies behind the scenes, designing the set or making sure all the actors are properly lit. Either way, being involved in our school prodcutions is an amazing experience and a great confidence builder as well.

TW, SM, EP, RL, CT

 

 

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Dance Club - There are two Dance Shows in the school year - you should make sure you turn up to every rehearsal and you may also need to practice in your own time. Performing in a show takes a lot of time and committment but it is also extrmemely rewarding.

TW, SM, EP, RL, CT

 

 

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Music - as well as gaining you Music Grades, you can learn a new intstrument from the huge range that we offer, sing in the choir or be a member of one of our excellent music groups. Developing your music skills takes time and dedication but always looks good on your CV!

CT, SM, RL, EP, TW

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Peer Mentor - are you good at listening to others and solving problems? Help out the members of your mentor group, Give them advice about which options might work for them, help them with their reading or take time to listen to their friendship worries.  Its easy to get a buzz out of helping someone else!

EP, TW, CT

   

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Student Council - do you want to change the way things are done or introduce new things to your school? Run for the Student Council which is chaired by the Head Boy and Head Girl for your change to have your voice and the voices of your mentor or year group heard. (All years)

CT, TW, IE, EP

 

 

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Green Car - Help organise and run the Green Car Race Day where primary schools race their go karts round a track to win prizes. 

CT, SM, EP, TW

 

 

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Sports Leaders - take the opportunity to work with our local primary schools, helping them to learn new sports and running Sports Days and tournaments. See the PE department for more information (Year 10 & 11).

TW, IE, CT, RL, SM, EP

 

 

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Eco Rep - As an Ambassador School for ensuring we run our school as 'green' as possible, you will be supporting Mr Green in ensuring we maintain our high standards and introduce new intitiatives. 

CT, TW, IE, EP

 

 

 

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Charity Rep - we have raised thousands of pounds for many charities at Ringmer. Each mentor group needs to have a Charity Rep to act as a spokesperson for which charitites we wish to raise money for, come up with ideas for fundraising activities and make sure that their mentor group are getting fully involved in any fundraising. The end result is alwasy extemely rewarding (and fun, wet and cake-filled!)

EP, TW, CT, SM

 

 

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Bonfire Society - lots of you at Ringmer belong to a local society. Think about all the planning, coordination, fund-raising and standing around in the cold you have to do! It all helps to making you a more skilled person.

EP, SM, TW

 

 

 

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Duke of Edingburgh Award Scheme - See Mr Dean for information.