This qualification is being withdrawn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?
The flexible rule of combination for these qualifications at Entry 1, Entry 2 and Entry 3 allows learners to develop the employability skills, most relevant to them, as they prepare for employment, such as getting on with colleagues, managing your time, following instructions, as well as job search and interview preparation units and, at E3, a taster of specific sectors. They have been designed to support any employment-focused programme, and can provide a structure for the college-based element of a supported internship.
Notice of Qualification Withdrawal
This qualification is being withdrawn as it is being superseded by a new Gateway Qualifications Entry level Award in Preparation for Employment (Entry 3) qualification.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 Entry level Award in Preparation for Employment (Entry 3) qualification, please contact us.
Rules of Combination
Learners must complete 6 credits, with no more than 1 unit coming from Group O2 Working in a Sector.
Learners may include 1 unit from this group.
Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector
Introduction to the Hospitality Industry
Introduction to the Performing Arts
Introduction to the Retail Automotive Maintenance and Repair Industry
Working in Art and Design
Working in Business and Administration
Working in Early Years Settings
Working in Health and Social Care and Children's and Young People's Settings
Working in Retail
Working in Sport and Active Leisure
Learners must complete a minimum of 3 credits from this group.
Applying for a Job
Conduct at Work
Effective Communication in the Workplace
Learning from Work Placement
Personal Presentation at Work
Preparing for Work Placement
Preparing for an Interview
Producing a CV
Safe Learning in the Workplace
Searching for a Job
Setting and Meeting Targets at Work
Solving Work-Related Problems
Using ICT in the Workplace
Using Numeracy Skills in the Workplace
Work in a customer-friendly way
Working in a Team
Working with Colleagues
What is the purpose of this qualification?
This qualification is particularly suitable for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities or with Special Educational Needs or Disability (SEND) who need a structured programme of learning to support their development of employability skills in preparation for employment. However, it is also relevant for learners working at Entry 3 for a number of other reasons, such as missed schooling or long-term unemployment, for whom a lack of employability skills is acting as a barrier to gaining employment.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
This qualification includes a broad range of skills which will support learners to develop the generic employability skills needed in most jobs, including areas such as working with customers, managing their time, problem-solving and getting on with colleagues. Learners can also opt to learn about job opportunities within a chosen sector. There are no mandatory units, enabling learners and providers to work together to select units appropriate to the individual’s needs, interests and aspirations for employment.
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
There is a Gateway Qualifications Award, Certificate and Extended Certificate in Preparation for Employment. The Award is designed to meet the needs of learners, including those on 16-19/25 study programmes, who wish to combine a small amount of accredited learning with a broader unaccredited programme tailored to their personal goals. It can provide a useful structure for the college-based element of a supported internship programme or the ‘work preparation training’ component of a traineeship. It is also suitable for learners, such as those on the autistic spectrum, who may be operating at a much higher level in other areas (e.g. academic or vocational subjects) but who need to target specific employability skills in order to progress successfully to employment or an apprenticeship.
Which sector does this qualification support?
This qualification supports progression to entry-level job roles across sectors, including to supported employment.
What are the progression options?
Learners can progress from this qualification to Level 1 learning in the area of employability skills, including, for example, the Gateway Qualifications Level 1 Certificate in Employabilty Skills or to sector-specific qualifications such as Gateway Qualifications Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Retail.
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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