Employability was created in collaboration with Corporate partners to provide additional resources for Transition Year students intending to take up work experience during their Transition Year.

The Employability course is intended for delivery over 12 weeks in one of the following ways:

  • Some of the topics and associated resources are suitable for in-class delivery to an entire class group. If delivered in this way it can be within a class time frame and/or delivered over a double class period of 70 to 80 minutes.
  • Alternatively, the resources can be delivered through a series of workshops outside of allocated class periods, for example during lunchtime, free periods or after school. Workshops should be ideally of 1 hour duration.

The course material is also intended to support and resource the Guidance Counsellor in their professional role and to build on their professional skills base.

Course Content – Employability

There are three distinct components to the Employability course:

  • A series of six Employability Skills Workshops which help students develop key skills for successful transition to working environments as part of Transition Year Placement.
  • A complete Career Guidance Curriculum designed by the Access Service and School of Education at DCU. The online and hardcopy curriculum is augmented by a large suite of audio and video files for use by Guidance Counsellors as a key teaching and learning component of a Guidance Programme. The Media content for Guiding the Way Forward was produced by third level students for their peers at second level and covers a wide selection of guidance topics.
  • Leadership Skills Workshops: A series of 12 workshops which draw on current research and theory and incorporate opportunities for practical experience of developing skills, competencies, attributes and aptitudes most appropriate for building successful leadership in young people. Self-Perception, Self-Expression, Relationship Building, Decision Making and Stress Management are intertwined with signature strengths associated with superior leadership. The emphasis is firmly on empowering participants to better personal and professional leadership, more successful positive ‘can do’ attitude / approach and implementation processes as well as fostering a strong reflective practice.

Teacher Resources

All resources required by teachers of this course can be found on the Employability Resources page.