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Employability Passport

The new Employability Passport is an initiative being rolled out in Plymouth secondary schools from September 2015 and is endorsed by business through the 1000 Club and Devon Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


What is the Employability Passport?

Employability Skills can be defined as a set of skills, achievement and personal qualities that are transferrable and complement a learner's technical and subject knowledge.

This award sets out to recognise these underlying skills in young people and reward competencies towards future employment.
  • The aim of the Employability Passport is to introduce processes that support independence in their career plans and to develop and recognise transferrable employability skills
  • The Employability Passport will enable them to build on their own achievements beyond their academic abilities and evidence a range of skills that support their transition into work, or demonstrate higher education suitability
  • The Employability Passport lists suggested activities that will benefit young people when pursuing interest from a potential employer or higher or further education establishment
  • The Employability Passport fosters engagement with prospective employers who value resilience and drive in young people, and contributes to the identification of those skills and qualities.
The Passport will be awarded at Bronze, Silver and Gold Levels and the areas of focus are:
  • Team working
  • Communication (verbal and written: presentation of self and of information; CV; job application and interview preparation)
  • Customer/client service and commercial business awareness (customer care; understanding of work environment; use of appropriate verbal and written language; pride in company or school; commercial awareness)
  • Organisation, planning and time management
  • Problem solving and innovation (including numeracy and IT)
  • Self awareness (personal development; career management; opportunities to experience difference work environments; volunteering; money management and budgeting; leadership)
Progression between levels of the Employability Passport is a continuing, cumulative process.  There are three levels of achievement, with a minimum requirement for each:

Bronze = one challenge in each of the six areas
Silver = two different challenges in each of six areas
Gold = three different challenges in each of six areas, and presentation to a panel of governors/employers/school staff.  This is a challenging target, and will only be achieved by outstanding candidates

Download a copy of the Passport

The Plymouth Employability Passport

Realising, recognising and rewarding

For more information contact David Lea, the 1000 Club Co-ordinator by email or on 01752 307996.

Resources for Students Completing the Employability Passport

Leader of Plymouth City Council Tudor Evans said: “It’s really important that our young people not only have good academic qualifications but they are also able to demonstrate some important life skills like organising, managing time and problem solving for potential employers as well. By linking schools with business initiatives such as Building Plymouth and the 1000 Club we create more opportunities for young people to work with businesses who can validate their skills”

Michelle Cole, Community Engagement Manager for Midas, said: “We are delighted to be hosting a tour for students participating in the Employability Passport. We really want to highlight to young people that the construction industry offers fantastic career options and there are lots of great job opportunities available."

Councillor Sue McDonald Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Public Health said: "As a council we are determined to ensure our young people are skilled and ready to step into work. The Employability Passport is a way for students to keep a record of their skills, help them with writing their CV’s and is the school’s endorsement that a student has passed all levels required, including things like attendance and punctuality."

Elaine Budd, the 1000 Club Co-ordinator said: “Plymouth’s local employers and educators have confirmed the need for more young people to be instilled with attitudes and skills that make them ‘job ready’. The 1000 Club was established to support businesses to create more opportunities for young people and is therefore an obvious partner to support the successful adoption of the pilot. Already we have already started supporting mock interviews in schools to help develop the higher levels of employability skills demanded in today’s competitive employment market”.

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