Can your child play a computer game, programme a video
recorder, take a phone message or play a team sport? Then they are already
building skills that will make them more employable.
It’s about so much more than qualifications. Employers
are looking for people who can take responsibility, be reliable, flexible
and open to training opportunities; people who are good team players and who
can apply what they know to the job.
To help your child understand how the skills and knowledge
they are gaining at school and at home can be applied to the world of work
talk to your child about the skills you use in your work inside and
outside the home.
involve them in tasks like buying insurance, booking a holiday, making
a shopping list and budgeting for the weekly shop.
help your child to see that getting coursework done and being punctual
will develop their self discipline and reliability and make them more
employable in the future.
ask family members to talk about how they got and keep their jobs.
Have they had to re-skill, are they keen to get a promotion or change
take advantage of any ‘Bring your son or daughter to work’
schemes to let your child see you in the world of work.
help your child to see and seize opportunities - encourage them to
go on that school trip or enter that competition.
support them when they go on work experience or work placements.
Education for Employability is set to become a statutory
component of the NI Curriculum at Key Stage 3 (11 - 14 yrs.). Your child
will be hearing more about the skills and qualities needed to get and sustain
employment. To help your child get the best out of all the Employability
initiatives in school, you can
attend any parent/teachers meetings or school open evenings - these
are an important link between your child’s school, teachers and
ensure you are briefed about work placements or industrial visits and
the opportunities they provide.
make the school aware of your expertise and work experience so you
can share it at any school careers events or Employability evenings.