Enhancing Learners' Employability Skills this National Careers Week

It’s National Careers Week 2021 and it marks a celebration of the fantastic work you do in preparing learners for employment and helping them to succeed in a competitive job market.

This week, as you prepare to welcome learners back into the classroom, you may also be looking at how you can use your remaining Adult Education Budget to enhance your strategy for preparing learners for progression onto further learning and work during this unforeseen time.

Many tutors say that a one-size-fits-all approach isn’t effective in supporting learners to develop a career path and build employability skills. At Ascentis we have a range of qualifications that allow you create a tailored programme of study for each learner, ensuring critical links are made between their subject and academic skills, longer-term life decisions and the world of work. These qualifications include the Ascentis Employability, Progression to Further Learning and Work, Short Online Qualifications and Essential Digital Skills suites.

These qualifications:

• Are available at various levels for different abilities.

• Can be delivered at any time offering flexibility to both learner and tutor. 

• Can be completed as stand-alone qualifications or as part of a wider programme of study.

Qualifications to enhance Progression and Employability Skills with your Adult Education Budget

*NEW* Essential Digital Skills 

These brand new qualifications at Entry 3 and Level 1 provide adults with the essential digital skills for day-to-day life and work, and allow them to navigate and progress in the digital world with confidence. They are mapped to the National Standards for Essential Digital Skills and are fully funded under a new legal entitlement. Tutor guidance is provided to help you teach these qualifications and learners are encouraged to use digital devices throughout the course of the qualifications, giving them an extra opportunity to engage with the online facilities and a range of software.


These qualifications are designed to help learners develop skills, attributes and values which will enable them to overcome barriers to employment, build self-esteem and a positive attitude to work, ultimately helping them to take steps into work or work placements.

Qualifications Include:

Entry Level 1, 2 and 3 Award and Certificate in Using Employability Skills

Entry Level 2 and 3 and Level 1 Award in Skills for Employment Level 1 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Work Preparation

Enhancing Learners' Employability Skills this National Careers Week

Progression to Further Learning and Work

This suite of qualifications provides the opportunity for learners to develop a skill set that will enable them to operate independently and effectively in life, learning and work. Tutors also have the ability to devise a personalised curriculum to suit the needs of the individual learner. 

Qualifications Include:

Entry 3 and Level 1 Award in Induction to a Learning Environment

Entry Level 3 and Level 1 Award and Certificate in Character Education

Entry 3 Award and Certificate and Level 1 and Level 2 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Progression Level 1 Award in Understanding Career Planning and Development

Enhancing Learners' Employability Skills this National Careers Week

Short Online Qualifications

This suite is designed to create well-rounded individuals, broaden learners’ horizons and provide them with a range of skills to give them confidence in the world of work and study. These qualifications are accompanied by vocabulary glossaries to help learners with technical language.

Qualifications Include:

Entry 3 Award in Health Living for Well-Being and Mental Health

Entry 3 Award in Introduction to an Inclusive Environment

Level 1 Award in Managing Personal Finance

Level 1 Award in Understanding Employment, Business and Enterprise

Level 1 Award in Mental Health and Well-Being Level 1 Award in Infection Control and Prevention

Enhancing Learners' Employability Skills this National Careers Week

Need Advice on Planning Your Curriculum for 2021-22?

We are helping hundreds of centres to plan their 2021-2022 provision through our Virtual Curriculum Pop-up meetings. The Virtual Curriculum Pop-up will be tailored to the needs of you and your learners and provide advice and guidance on qualifications, funding and curriculum planning.

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“We have been delighted with the impact Ascentis Extended Awards in Mathematical Skills (Stepping Stones) have had on our student’s progression towards their functional skills mathematics as well as preparing them for the completion of their GCSE. It has taught them the essential skills in mathematics which enabled them to deal with the practical problems and challenges of life – at home, in education and at work. These skills are valued by employers and further education, and are a platform on which to build other employability skills. We are also very impressed with the level of service and commitment shown by the staff of Ascentis, they are always available to help whenever help is needed.”

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