Work Readiness Level 2* prepares learners for their career and work. It builds on Australian Curriculum: Work Studies and complements Personal Pathway Planning Level 2. Personal Pathway Planning Level 2 aims to develop learners understanding of self, and develop goals and plans for their future and career. Work Readiness Level 2 complements this by aiming to develop the core skills learners require to plan for, participate in and maintain work.
This Work Readiness Level 2 course has been developed using the Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework and Australian Core skills Framework. These frameworks provide a common reference point and language to develop the criteria, content, assessment and relationship to other courses. The Core Skills for Work are relevant across all industry sectors and are identified by employers as important for successful participation in the workforce at all levels. The Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework utilises a developmental approach, informed by Dreyfus and Dreyfus’ Novice to Expert Model of Skills Acquisition and research on skill development and performance. It encompasses five stages of performance – Novice, Advanced Beginner, Capable, Proficient and Expert. Work Readiness Level 2 focuses on performance at the Advanced Beginner stage.
The Australian Blueprint for Career Development is a complementary framework to the Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework and Australian Core Skills Framework with common skills, and competencies that overlap and are transferable.
* A work ready individual possesses skills and attributes to successfully gain, maintain and participate in work. They are able to transfer these skills and attributes to new contexts. Work can be as an employee, someone who is self-employed or as a volunteer.
Relationship with Australian Curriculum F-10, Work Studies
Australian Curriculum: Work Studies is an elective for years 9 and 10. This is a school-based subject that provides opportunities for learners to undertake vocational learning and develop work-readiness skills in preparation for further study towards a skilled occupation or further education after leaving school. The course has a clear focus on applied learning and work exposure as learning contexts.
The content of the course is organised into two main interrelated strands: skills for learning and work, and career and life design. Learners are encouraged to be increasingly independent and self-directed learners.
The year 10 achievement standard for Work Studies is clearly described and Pathway to Work Level 1 and Work Readiness Level 2 in year 11 and 12 complements and build on these standards. Refer to Appendix 1 for Australian Curriculum Work Studies organisational chart.
Diagram 1: Relationship between Australian Curriculum, Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework, Australian Core Skills Framework, Australian Blueprint for Career Development and TASC courses
Note: the combination of skills as detailed in the Australian Core Skills Framework and Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework are referred to as Foundation Skills in the vocational education and training (VET) sector. In the school sector these skills are described as General Capabilities and in the higher education sector they are referred to as Graduate Attributes.
Relationship with Senior Secondary Vocational Education and Training (VET) Programs
Work Readiness Level 2 complements VET programs and can be delivered concurrently with VET studies. VET focuses on the technical, discipline-specific skills and Work Readiness Level 2 examines the core skills for work (foundation skills) that are transferable across contexts, sectors and occupations. Together they build the capacity of a learner to perform competently in the workplace context.