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Career Planning Toolkit

WorldSkills UK and The Careers & Enterprise Company are pleased to introduce a free toolkit to help you develop your students’ career planning and employability skills and prepare them for career success. The toolkit brings the WorldSkills UK Competition buzz to career exploration and draws especially from the inspirational messages from the growing network of Skills Champions - young people who have competed in skills competitions at national level.

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The toolkit includes the full range of technical and professional opportunities and helps young people to:

  • Recognise and understand the demands of career planning and employability
  • Identify and develop skills needed for the working world
  • Devise challenging goals to make progress and achieve.
  • The toolkit uses the spirit of excellence and achievement that lies at the heart of WorldSkills UK Competitions; a series of technical competitions that develop talented individuals, taking the best to international level.

The lessons have been designed to be as easy to use as possible and they can fit flexibly into a range of circumstances. Using the resources involves minimum preparation, either drawing activities directly from the toolkit or downloading content from the WorldSkills UK website.

The toolkit lessons, which can be stand-alone or part of a progressive programme, will:

  • Help students to be more aware of their skills and aptitudes, and inspire them to develop these for the working world, including the option of self-employment.
  • Use competition to motivate young people to be their best selves, and to reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses.
  • Build students’ confidence to take ownership of their career plans and actively seek out work and learning opportunities.

The toolkit includes ten detailed lesson overviews and supporting resources and links that offer practical challenges and activities to be undertaken in groups and by individuals. Each lesson starts with a compelling “big idea” written directly for students. It can be put on the whiteboard at the start of a session. Relevant skills tags or core employability skills are identified in the lesson overview and each lesson includes a Skills Checker tool to help students assess where they are against the employability skills at the start of the lesson and to reflect on their development and distance travelled through the activities.

The lesson plans offer advice on differentiation and extension activities so that delivery can be adapted to meet the needs of the full range of learners. The teachers’ notes provide advice on timings and how to adapt materials to fit the slot available, along with preparation requirements and sources of further information. The activities can be adapted as starters or plenaries, for use in tutor periods, as part of a deep learning days or careers education modules.

Please complete the registration page below and you will be directed to the webpage where you can download 'soft copies' of the various lesson plans.

Please note the Career Planning Toolkit is no longer available in hard copy format, and can only be accessed online. You can still register and receive immediate access to the online version.