Youth Employability Programme (L2W)


What is the Youth Employability Programme (L2W)?

The Youth Employability Programme (L2W- Licence to Work) is a cross sector, business-led initiative, designed to respond to business and industry concerns that young people may not be developing the soft skills needed to succeed in the workplace. The programme provides an explicit sequence of learning activities to build the competencies business leaders have said they want to see young people display, and a process to assess and record them.

What are employability skills, and why do we need them?

Employability is about being prepared for the working world with skills like communication and resilience. “Employability refers to a set of achievements, skills, understandings and personal attributes that make a person more likely to gain employment, remain in employment and be successful in their chosen occupations; which benefit themselves, the workforce, the community and the economy” (York 2006).

Employers report that young people are not work ready and many young people agree. Young people need more preparation for the reality of work and a better understanding of the opportunities and obligations it brings.

YEP Employability Skills have been developed in consultation with government, education, business, and industry groups to ensure they are the right competencies for young people to be successful when they enter the workplace.

The Youth Employability Programme essentially connects youth to business and organisations by finding ways young people can contribute productively and integrating them into the world of work.

 Approved Employability Skills:

  1.   Positive attitude
  2.   Communication
  3.   Teamwork
  4.   Self-management
  5.   Willingness to learn
  6.   Thinking skills (Problem-solving and decision-making)
  7.   Resilience

How the Youth Employability Programme helps young adults?

  1. It lifts young people’s awareness of the value and knowledge of the behaviours they have already developed in relation to the employability skills.
  2. It helps them make sense of differences in understanding or of perceptions they may have in relation to others. Develops motivation and aspiration to work intentionally on growing their employability skills.
  3. It provides an opportunity to hone their skills during the hours of learning and of voluntary work.
  4. It gives them feedback from their tutor, their volunteer supervisor and an employer
  5. When the programme is completed students attain the Licence to Work Achievement Certificate and a Portfolio that details their performance.