Enriching your employability skills
Undertaking an apprenticeship is just one aspect of developing in your career. At Aspiration Training, we are committed to supporting you to develop your wider life skills. We want to give you the best chance to explore the skills you need to be successful at work and in life, including progressing within your chosen career, making the most of the learning opportunities available and helping you to understand what it takes to be an active citizen in today’s society.
Our Career Story hub provides various helpful advice, guidance and resources to help you with your career progression. Find out where to start within your chosen career, look at what progression in your career looks like and access a range of resources to help you, including:
- Information on CV writing
- Creating cover letters
- Creating a professional online profile
- Interview preparation, techniques and advice
- Searching for jobs and apprenticeship vacancies
Youth Employment UK
An excellent careers hub is available to help you understand more about the route you can take to your chosen career and develop the skills you will need along the way. You can access lots of information and guidance on developing your personal and professionals skills, including accessing information on communication, team work, problem solving, self management and self belief.
Boost your life and work skills by enrolling on to free training and online Young Professional courses.
Barclays Life Skills
Barclays Life Skills offers a range of online interactive resources to help you develop the skills you need for your future, whether this is about developing your career goals, managing your money or improving the look of your CV.
Take a look at this free course: Feeling confident in employment
FutureLearn contains a wealth of online courses to help you with personal development and more specialised skills. Most of these courses are free to use by creating an online account. You can plan your learning and development at a pace that suits you. Please search on the main page for courses of interest and self-enroll on them. Once a course has been completed, you can download a certificate of recognition to prove you have taken part in the learning available.
BBC BiteSize: Careers
The BBC Careers page contains a variety of information and resources about different careers, tips on how to write your CV applying for jobs and interview preparation.
BBC Skillswise: Job Skills
This site helps to provide a link between your career and the use of literacy and numeracy skills. There is a range of practice activities and tasks you can undertake to help develop your confidence in these areas.
There is a vast range of tools and resources you can use to develop in your career, we have highlighted a few of the courses and tools available for you.
The Open University: Leadership and followership
Find out what makes a good leader and how to improve your leadership skills. Learn how to analyse leadership styles and approaches, recognise leadership skills, define followership, overcome common challenges with leadership and develop your leadership skills.
The Open University: Working in diverse teams
Learn about the benefits and challenges of teamwork and how to articulate these to an employer. Find out about the value of team working for employers, different team roles, different stages of team development, the benefits of team diversity and how a virtual team differs from other teams.
The Open University: Exploring career mentoring and coaching
Find out what mentors and career coaches do and how to become one. You will learn the difference between mentoring and career coaching, the importance of self-awareness, how to choose a mentor or coach and how to become a mentor or coach.
The Open University: Effective communication in the workplace
Learn about the importance of communication in the workplace and how to improve your communication skills. Find out about different types of communication, the skills required for effective communication, the impact that communication can have and how effective communication can overcome challenges in the workplace.
FutureLearn and King’s College London: Introduction to Business Management
Develop a range of business management skills relevant to the world of work. Learn how best to manage people, money, information and yourself.
Aspiration Training works across both England and Wales, offering apprenticeships in a number of sectors. Learners in Wales are required to develop their Welsh language skills as part of the curriculum we offer. Learning a new language is exciting! Take a look at some of the below resources to help you.
Take a look at these free resources to develop your welsh Language skills:
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