Project 1: Employability Skills On Line

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Clifford G. Reid
(creid@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Cathy Gallant
(cgallant@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Jerry Brake
(jbrake@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Irene Hewitt
(ihewitt@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Walter Crewe
(wcrewe@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Jim Powell
(jpowell@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Sheila Mercer
(srmercer@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Patricia Hooper
(phopper@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

School: Elwood Regional High School
P.O. Box 2004
Deer Lake, NF
A0K 2E0
Tel: (709) 635-2895
Grade Level: Level I - III
Number of Students: 320
Project Start and Finish Dates: Sept 1997 - June 1998 (repeated annually)

  Project Overview

At Elwood Regional High School we have developed an Employability Skills Portfolio Program in which all students participate. The Employability Skills Portfolio Program is the School’s effort to help students achieve a higher level of Employability Skills. This Program assists students to Discover, Develop, and Document their Employability Skills.

The ESPP is a personalized system of external assessment and self-assessment. It is a tool to assist students in integrating and recording their educational experiences. The Employability Skills Portfolio has no limits; it does not focus on minimal skills and it does not limit the highest skills an individual students can achieve.

This project consist of six hours per year for each Level whereby teacher advisors meet with a designated group (~15) of students to investigate and document students employability skills.

This proposed Internet project is an attempt to assist students in reaching another level in their pursuit of appropriate Employability skills. It will focus on the Internet and its utilities to provide students access to contemporary issues related to Employability Skills, career choices, job opportunities, post secondary educational choices and others.

  Curriculum Connections

The main curriculum areas addressed by the project involves the Career exploration component of most subjects, Career Guidance and student preparedness for the transition from school to work/post secondary training.

This project fits in with the overall curriculum plans in our school. At Elwood High School every teacher is committed to providing the best opportunity possible for students to succeed in the workplace. The Employability Skills program is administered by all teachers to all students at all grade levels. This Internet project will enhance the experience for students and teachers.

The intended learning outcomes of the project include;

Level 1

1. Introductory Session (introduction to the three year program; explore the rationale for the ESP Program; viewing the video "Bridging the Gap"; and discussion of how it relates to the purpose of the ESP Program.

2. Self-Assessment (guide through a Self-Assessment activity; looking at individual strengths and weakness regarding employability skills.)

3. The Employability Skills Portfolio (investigate employability skills; what they are and how they are acquired; how they may be recorded in a meaningful way.)

4. The World of Change (complete an activity that emphasizes the world of change; investigate the types of skills necessary for today s world of work.)

5. Teamwork Skills (complete an activity that illustrates what it means to have good teamwork skills; discuss how having these skills is important to potential employers.)

6. Personal Management (analyze personal management skills; emphasize improving and/or developing skills that are valuable in the work place.)

Level 2:

1. Introductory Session (introduce the second year of the program; explore some of the occupations of the present and the future; explore trends that have been identified in these areas.)

2. Self-Awareness (guide through activities designed to help identify strengths and weaknesses; emphasize how these are important in career planning; consider values and priorities with which to set future goals.)

3. Goal-Setting (complete activities that should enable students to identify strongest career desires; look at the steps that are necessary for students to attain these desires/goals; develop a process to help identify and achieve these goals.)

4. Skills, Aptitudes and Interests Checklist (learn to distinguish among the terms skill, aptitude and interest; guide through an activity to help identify these attributes in themselves.)

5. Job Clusters - Research (investigate and develop research skills; complete inventory surveys to assess interests, skills and values; relate their unique pattern to careers.)

6. Decision Making (discuss how decision making is an everyday part of life; explore how following guidelines for effective decision making and problem solving makes complicated problems and difficult decisions easier to handle.)

Level 3

1. Introductory Session(review the whole purpose of the Employability Skills Portfolio Program and the things that were completed in the first two years of the program; take a quick look at what will be covered in the final (third) year of the program; introduce the concept of completing a Personal Fact Sheet and the needs that this information may fulfill.

2. Fact Sheets / Applications (discuss Employer Application Forms and how the Personal Fact Sheet is a real asset when asked to complete an application for employment; practice completing a variety of application forms.)

3. Résumé Writing (analyze the purpose of a résumé; analyze proper résumé writing techniques; prepare a resume from employability skills portfolio documentation.)

4. Job Search Techniques (discuss and roll play job search techniques; individually plan a job search strategy for upcoming work opportunities, i.e. weekends, school breaks and summers)

5. Interview Skills (discuss dos and don’ts of a successful interview, roll play interviews, plan interview for specific rolls)

6. Bringing It All Together ( final compilation of the employability skills portfolio; handing over to the student; wish for success)

This project addresses the intended learning outcomes for Technology Education at the senior high level by having students participate in the application of contemporary information technologies. This experience reinforces several of the Technology Education graduation outcomes, namely;

Nature of Technology

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the nature of modern technology, including the basic technological and scientific principles which underlie technology activities, processes, resource utilization, technological tools and systems.

Technological Impact

Students will demonstrate understanding of the impact of technology and technological change on self, society, the workplace, careers, and the environment.

Technological Literacy

Students will read, comprehend, write, and use the language and terminology of technological problem solving and will make appropriate use of technological products.

Lifelong Learning

Students will demonstrate understanding of the role of technology to enhance the learning process, will use technology as learning tools, and will develop active learning strategies to employ technology for lifelong learning.

Technological Communications

Students will demonstrate understanding of the role of information and communications technology in managing technological processes and resources, and will use them to manage and communicate effectively about technology

  Resource Connections

The STELLAR Schools Internet connection will enable this project to reach a new dimension. Currently the employability skills portfolio program is student-centered and text based. That is all resources in use have been compiled by the ESPP Committee and is reproduced for all students and teachers annually. Updating and remaining current is a laborious task. The STELLAR Schools Internet connection will allow the committee to begin compilation of a web site that focuses on employability skills and career planning. This site will provide links to career opportunities, educational choices, related government sites, and any others that will supplement the program. Students will be educated in the use of the Internet to browse this ESPP Web Site and in the Internet search techniques to find updated information.

The resources which are being utilized In this project consist of student and teacher manuals compiled by the ESPP Committee. The documents were compiled after much research by the team and includes the topics specified in #3 above. All information have been written by the Committee with financial assistance over the first two years coming from the FORTIS Education Foundation.

  Evaluation

The learning outcomes of the project as written in #3 above are under consistent scrutiny and evaluation by all teachers at Elwood High. After each session comments are gathered regarding the appropriateness of the information and the reception from the students. Much revision have taken place over the past three years and same will continue in future. The proposed ESPP project under a STELLAR Schools Internet connection will undergo similar scrutiny and revision.

The impact of the project on the school and the curriculum in general can only be evaluated by monitoring the success of graduates from the Employability Skills Portfolio Program. Currently a questionnaire is being developed to solicit the opinions of former students. A similar instrument may be used to include questions related to the STELLAR Schools Internet connection project.

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