Employability Skills Training

Employability Skills Training (‘EST’) helps young people become job ready by providing intensive pre-employment training.

What is Employability Skills Training?

Employability skills are the personal abilities which allow people to perform well at work, such as communication, decision making and problem solving. These are the attributes that employers look out for when recruiting staff in addition to the skills and experience outlined for a role. EST helps young people become job ready by providing intensive pre-employment training. 

EST gives young people aged (17-24) the opportunity to enhance their work readiness through two different blocks of targeted training. Participating in training will help young people understand the expectations of employers in both the recruitment process and as a new employee in the workplace.

Course content

Depending on a young person’s situation there are two types of EST courses available. Each course is designed to build upon different skill sets, and both work towards improving chances of getting work. Participants have the option of undertaking one or both of the courses, or ‘blocks’. Each block is 75 hours of face-to-face training over three weeks.

The first course (Block 1) helps young people develop their resumes and improve interview techniques, focusing on job search and application preparation skills. This course will also give young people the opportunity to participate in Industry Awareness Experiences, which provide an insight into the tasks and duties of different work industries.

The second course (Block 2) focusses on workplace skills and knowledge, including developing IT skills, problem solving and communication to meet the expectations of employers.

Course delivery

Work & Training is a member of the DARE consortium led by AGA.

The DARE group collaborate with Jobactive providers who refer candidates to our delivery of EST. The key aim of the group is to Develop Ambition, Resilience and Empowerment (DARE) with the young people looking for work.

Collectively the DARE group have relationships with thousands of employers; engages with almost 10,000 businesses each year, and as a group employs more than 1,500 apprentices and trainees across Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.

For further information refer to the DARE Employability Skills Training Flyer.

Individuals interested in undertaking EST should contact their nearest Jobactive provider.