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Employability Skills Development


What is it?

The Employability Skills Development course takes an activity-based approach to raising learners’ awareness about employer expectations and the working environment. Developed in response to an increasing national focus on work-related learning, it will meet the needs of providers looking for a programme of activities to support learners in preparation for vocational training, for achieving an employability qualification, or for getting a job.

The Employability Skills Development resources support teaching and learning; they aim to improve learners’ knowledge and understanding of the workplace.

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Who is it for?

The Employability Skills Development course may be used by learners aged 14+ in school or college settings, or by learners participating in work-related programmes in a variety of other contexts. The activities are generic and can therefore be adapted to reflect the vocational interests of a range of users.

Facts and figures

  • Work-related activities to prepare learners aged 14+ for the workplace
  • Available to registered and non-registered centres
  • Certificates of achievement can be awarded at the discretion of the tutor

The Employability Skills Development book

The Employability Skills Development book contains activities designed to develop learners' skills in 12 areas: self-management; team working; business and enterprise; customer awareness; problem solving; communication; working with numbers; IT in the workplace; applying for a job; exploring job opportunities; rights and responsibilities at work; and health and safety in the workplace.

The activities:

  • are flexible and can meet the needs of different learners
  • support personalised learning
  • can be used in a range of contexts and for different programmes of learning
  • encourage a ‘pick and mix’ approach, allowing learning opportunities to be chosen for varying time frames
  • are generic and can be adapted to suit any vocational interest

After completing an initial self-assessment, learners choose appropriate activities to develop their employability skills. At the end of the course learners complete a self-assessment review to reflect on their progress and development. 

View sample pages from the Employability Skills Development book.


A free Employability Skills Development Tutor Guidance is available to support tutors. 

All orders for Employability Skills Development books will include one printed copy of this guidance.


Tutors can reward learners' achievements using internally-awarded certificates. A suggested 20 hours of learning, or at least one challenge from each section, should be completed before certificates are awarded.

Certificates are available to purchase in packs of 20 and can be awarded at the discretion of the tutor.

Getting started

The Employability Skills Development course is easy to set up and administrate – simply purchase resources and get started!

Materials are available for anyone to purchase, regardless of whether they are part of an ASDAN centre or not, using our online shop

Registered centres can log in to the members area to place their order.


All prices shown below are per learner, unless otherwise stated.

Item Price
Employability Skills Development book (one per learner) £10.00
Employability Skills Development certificates (optional, pack of 20) £9.85 +VAT


All prices valid from 1 September 2020 until 31 August 2021. Prices are shown exclusive of VAT. 

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