This qualification is being withdrawn
The operational end date (last date for new starts) of this qualification is 31/07/2020 and the certification end date is 31/07/2021.
Prepare for employment
Qualification Grading Type
Why choose this qualification?
Available at Entry 1, 2 and Entry 3 these qualifications combine enterprise and employability skills and are particularly suitable for learners who are preparing for employment through engaging in enterprise activity, a common vehicle for skills development at Entry level. The qualifications act as a stepping stones towards employment (including supported and/or self-employment) for learners who may face multiple barriers to achieving employment.
Notice of Qualification Withdrawal
This qualification is being withdrawn as it is being superseded by a new Gateway Qualifications Entry Level Award in Enterprise (Entry 1) qualification.
The operational end date (last date for new starts) of this qualification is 31st July 2020 and the certification end date is 31st July 2021.
Please ensure that any information on the qualification held by your centre is updated. If you have any questions about this matter please do not hesitate to contact QualDev@gatewayqualifications.org.uk.
If you wish to gain approval for the new Gateway Qualifications Gateway Qualifications Entry Level Award in Enterprise (Entry 1) qualification, please contact us.
Rules of Combination
Learners must complete 6 credits, including a minimum of 3 from Group O1 Enterprise Skills and 3 further credits from either Group O1 or Group O2 Employability Skills.
Learners may complete 3 credits from this group.
Dealing with Problems
Dealing with Work-related Problems
Developing Communication Skills
Developing ICT Skills
Developing Independent Living Skills: Having Your Say
Developing Skills for the Workplace: Following Instructions
Developing Skills for the Workplace: Getting Things Done
Developing Skills for the Workplace: Health and Safety
Early Mathematics: Developing Number Skills
Working in a Team
Working with Customers
Working with Others in the Workplace
What is the purpose of this qualification?
This qualification is primarily aimed at learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities or with Special Educational Needs or Disability (SEND), including those with complex needs, who will benefit from a course that develops skills valuable in an employment context, through participating in enterprise activity.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
This qualification covers the basic skills needed to contribute to enterprise activity alongside more generic employability skills, such as following instructions and working in a team. Learners must complete at least one unit from:
• Exploring enterprise
• Preparing for an enterprise activity
• Contribute to running an enterprise activity.
They can combine this unit with one or more further units, enabling learners and providers to work together to select areas of learning appropriate to the individual’s needs, interests and aspirations for employment, in line with the aims of the SEND reforms.
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
There is a Gateway Qualifications Entry 1 Award and Certificate in Enterprise. The Award is designed to meet the needs of learners for whom a small amount of accredited enterprise-focused learning is appropriate, whether as a stand-alone course for older learners or as part of a broader programme for 16-19/25 year olds on study programmes who may wish to combine this small amount of accredited learning with a broader unaccredited programme tailored to their personal goals. It is particularly suitable for learners with more complex needs, where it is beneficial for their programme to be specifically focused on a carefully selected core skill set, relevant to their specific needs and interests.
Which sector does this qualification support?
This qualification supports progression to supported employment opportunities across a range of sectors
What are the progression options?
Learners can progress from this qualification to further Entry level learning in the area of enterprise, for example the Gateway Qualifications Entry level Certificate in Enterprise (Entry 2) or in the area of employability skills, including, for example, the Gateway Qualifications Entry level Certificate in Preparation for Employment (Entry 2).
Progression & entry requirementsLearners do not need any prior qualifications or specific level of attainment to take this qualification and it is available to learners of any age
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