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Skills development

Your Skills, Your Future!

At Coleg Gwent, all full-time learners benefit from an enrichment programme to support the development of employability skills.  The programme, which forms part of your course, includes activities such as work experience, volunteering and involvement in clubs and societies, which develop the skills that are so important to employers and Universities.  

Feedback from employers tells us that good exam results and qualifications are important, but on their own, they are not enough to equip you with the skills you need to be successful in the workplace.  By developing your employability skills, you’ll improve your chances of getting a job and thriving in your career.  

For learners studying a one year programme, these skills will be developed through a series of skills activities that are relevant to the main subject. Completion of the activities may be recognised by an Agored qualification.  

For learners studying a two year Level 3 programme, these skills will be developed through the WJEC Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate. 

This Advanced level qualification is widely accepted by UK universities as an entry qualification and is worth 120 UCAS points – the equivalent of grade A at A Level.  For more information about the new Skills Challenge Certificate from WJEC visit:  http://qualificationswales.org/qualifications/welsh-baccalaureate/?lang=en

The following employability skills will be developed through a series of practical challenges. 

LiteracyThe Literacy skills are those specified for and assessed through GCSE English Language and/or Welsh Language and should also be developed through the Individual Project and the Challenges.

NumeracyThe Numeracy skills are those specified for and assessed through GCSE Mathematics- Numeracy and should also be developed through the Individual Project and the Challenges.

Digital literacyUnderstand and respond appropriately to risks and problems in order to communicate safely in a digital world
Use social media safely and effectively
Understand and manage own digital footprint
Use, manipulate or create data and information and present it digitally for different audiences
Be able to find, organise, store, manage, share and protect digital information
Evaluate the reliability of sources of information
Use digital techniques and methods for a range of activities including: collaboration, team working, creativity, problem solving and learning.

Critical thinking and problem solvingUnderstand and apply decision-making and problem-solving approaches and techniques
Identify and analyse problems or issues
Identify potential solutions or responses and reasons for different views
Be able to justify decisions
Identify and develop arguments
Critically assess the strength of options and arguments, take into account opposing views or alternative ideas, validity and reliability
Demonstrate resilience and perseverance
Reflect on approaches and techniques for critical thinking, decision making and problem solving and own proficiency in them 

Planning and organisationUnderstand the importance of clear aims and objectives
Be able to develop and agree aims and objectives and set targets or milestones
Demonstrate responsibility and reliability
Be able to produce a plan, identify and manage resources, timescales, activities and allocate responsibilities
Select, organise and evaluate information relevant to the objective or plan
Implement the plan
Monitor and evaluate the plan, modifying it as needed and adapting to change
Identify and respond to risks
Reflect on and evaluate the planning process and its outcomes

Creativity and innovationUnderstand how to and be able to generate ideas and identify and make the most of opportunities
Demonstrate original thinking and an ability to identify and challenge assumptions
Be able to combine or develop ideas
Assess and evaluate ideas, choosing and implementing options
Demonstrate imagination and initiative
Reflect on the process and identify how it could be improved 

Personal effectivenessUnderstand, manage and improve own behaviour and performance
Demonstrate initiative and independence
Evaluate own personal effectiveness
Manage time effectively
Be able to respond appropriately to conflict
Understand roles and teams
Work effectively within a team
Respect and respond to the values and opinions of others, presenting own views effectively


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