Course Title: Prepare for employment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: EMPL5914

Course Title: Prepare for employment

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C1071 - Certificate I in Work Education

Course Contact : Elizabeth-Anne Cotter

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4870

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 30

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to prepare effectively for employment.  The course will focus on developing knowledge of Australian workplaces and their work practices and requirements. You will have an opportunity to develop your own goals in regards to future career paths and improve your employability and work readiness. 

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU20007 Prepare for employment


1. Identify workplace expectations

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Define workplace expectations and why they are important
1.2 Identify necessary strategies and behaviour required to gain
and maintain employment.
1.3 Discuss the need for cooperation
and collaboration in the
1.4 Identify and assess self development needs to gain and
maintain employment.


2. Research a selected industry

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Locate the major centres of the industry and the principal
employers within that industry.
2.2 Identify the major types of employment available within the
2.3 Identify the future prospects for the industry.
2.4 Identify possible career pathways within the industry.
2.5 Describe basic entitlements and workplace policies and
procedures relevant to a job in the industry.
2.6 Describe the role of organisations representing workers in the


3. Describe workplace functions and layout of a range of workplaces

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify the type of enterprise and name its products.
3.2 Identify the external customers of the enterprise.
3.3 Describe work site layout.
3.4 Identify ways in which work is organised.


4. Reearch an employment opportunity

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Use a range of resources to identify an employment
4.2 Use appropriate telephone technique and language when
researching the employment opportunity.
4.3 Identify personal strengths, weaknesses and interests in
relation to the employment opportunity.
4.4 Identify the main steps involved in applying for a job.
4.5 Prepare a personal action plan for the employment
opportunity with appropriate support persons.


5. Prepare a current portfolio to showcase skills

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Identify the differences between resumés and portfolios.
5.2 Identify key information to include in the portfolio.
5.3 Compile the portfolio with appropriate support persons.
5.4 Discuss how the portfolio will be maintained and updated.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed the skills and knowledge necessary to prepare for employment.  These skills include:

- communication skills

- language and literacy skills for accessing, evaluating and developing an employment portfolio

- planning and organising skills

- problem solving and self-management skills to self-assess personal strengths and weaknesses and develop appropriate strategies

- technology skills to access and use the internet to research employment opportunities

Details of Learning Activities

This course describes the skills and knowledge required by learners to prepare for employment. It focuses on developing knowledge of Australian workplaces, their work practices and requirements and potential employment opportunities to assist participants in making decisions about possible career paths.

The purpose of this course is to provide opportunities to participants of diverse backgrounds to develop their understanding of workplace requirements and practices to gain and maintain employment or to access further vocational training opportunities. The following themes will be explored:

Identifying workplace expectations
Research an industry of interest
Prepare a portfolio on skills
Research employment opportunities

Teaching Schedule

You will be provided with a comprehensive workshop schedule at your first class in February that will highlight the different days of the week and the classes that are scheduled for this course.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

You will be provided with the resources and tools for learning in this course. You will also have access to the resources in the library.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout this course and includes the following:

oral/written questions

portfolio project

mock interview

Assessment Tasks

To gain competency in this course, you are required to participate in and complete activities/tasks that are given during class time. Occasionally you will be asked to complete an unfinished project as homework or collect information in your own time to be used in class.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, which may include:

- Oral and / or written questions
- Portfolio
- Verbal presentation

Assessment Matrix

This program in delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, grades include:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for assessment


Other Information

Assessment Tasks Submission Cover Sheet
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

It is strongly advised that you attend all workshops in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your competency. Information regarding student feedback can be found at:;ID=9pp3ic9obks7

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. The Student progress policy can be found at:;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Information regarding application for special consideration can be found at:;ID=g43abm17hc9w

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity Web site:;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

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