Resources from the LIFE 2 Project
Develop the employability of learners and contribute to their CPD at the same time
If you are looking for inspiring ways to help learners to be ready for work and build links with employers, here are some resources you can use within any vocational course.
Developed by trainers from across Europe, the activities can be included in sessions to develop the skills which employers are asking for such as problem-solving, creativity, teamwork and presentation, as well as job seeking skills. They will also help teachers take a more ‘entrepreneurial’ approach as they facilitate learning, engage learners and bring the world of work into the classroom. They can also help embed aspects of Maths, English and the Minimum Core in Teacher Education Programmes.
Teachers trying out the LIFE2 materials
The activities were developed as part of the Train the Trainer Pack developed by the LIFE 2 project team. The project is supported by the European Commission and includes innovative ideas from colleges in Denmark, Portugal, Romania, Spain and the UK, with Norton Radstock College as the lead partner.
The project was recently presented at the European Parliament as a good practice example in a EUCIS policy debate on entrepreneurship skills.
Quick links are provided below to LIFE2 activities which can be adapted to suit learner groups including disadvantaged learners. The whole LIFE 2 Train the Trainer Pack, which can help teachers to reflect on their current practice and embed employability skills within their teaching can be downloaded from the LIFE 2 website. There is also a forum on the website where you can give feedback and ideas for new activities for the online pack.
|LIFE 2 Activity||Helps to|
|Spidergram||develop numeracy in a vocational context|
|Cultural awareness||relate cultural awareness skills to work situations using art. Also useful for embedding Equality & Diversity|
|Employer links||understand employers’ needs and develop contacts with employers|
|Classroom Introductions||practise self-presentation to a group. Useful for interviews.|
|Communication in different languages||broaden horizons and share knowledge. Useful for preparation for mobility exchanges and work experience in other countries.|
|Creating a company||practise creativity, taking risks and teamwork|
|Ethics in business||consider social responsibility in enterprise|
|Looking for a new employee||stand in the shoes of the employer and create job profiles|
|Banana split game||practise negotiation skills and social responsibility|
|Study skills||group work and presentation skills|
|Choosing from the fan||develop teamwork, collaborative learning and revision|
|Career guidance||self-evaluate and develop a personal and professional profile|
|Customer care role play||develop interpersonal skills and customer orientation|
|Group dynamics – NASA||practise leadership and teamwork|
The following new activities were developed by teachers and trainers who took part in the pilots:
|LIFE 2 Activity||Helps to|
|Dating profile||develop writing and communication skills in a fun way|
|Embedding English||improve spelling and work related vocabulary|
|Golden parrot||learn how to influence others in a group|
|Interview practice||how to involve employers in developing interview skills|
|My choice||understand employer requirements and negotiating skills|
|Puzzle||understand the importance of teamwork and empathy|
|Self Image||compare how you see yourself with the perceptions of others|
|Tit for tat||practise the win: win concept using a game|
Full Train the Trainer Pack
Not all the activities above are in this version, but there is more advice about using the materials, and contextual information about the project.