Employment skills & Public services

A collection of resources based around the BBC programme CrimeWatch.
Designed with L1 Functional English students in mind, the lesson can lead in to further discussion about crime, security, safety etc.

Editor’s note
The PPT also acts as a lesson outline which covers the following learning objectives.

Level
L1
L2
English
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
Context
Employment skills & Public services
Art Film Media Music TV

An updated version of Gordon Noblett’s 2011 resource (see below). This version includes the correct tax allowances and information for 2012-13. It also includes an answer sheet. The original description is repeated below.

Challenging and very functional worksheets where learner must complete the missing information and calculate the take-home pay etc. for various UK tax payers. There are also some interesting open questions that are ideal for Functional Maths interpreting skills.
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Level
L2
Maths
N2/L2.9
MSS1/L2.1
N2/L2.8
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Context
Employment skills & Public services
Business & Money management

This resource is adapted from, and complements, the L1/2 resource with the same title created by Claire Douglas (see below).

The activity is based on recent changes to the minimun wage (Nov 2011). Students have to read the information given on the shop employees’ ages and new minimun pay to work out how much the staff are paid for their work.

I used this activity with my E3 students and they enjoyed it.

Level
E3
Maths
MSS1/E3.1
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Context
Employment skills & Public services
Catering Food Nutrition
Business & Money management

21 questions to answer about dos and don’ts on your CV preparation. Are the statements true, false or is there some discretion about what you can do? As a team quiz it prompts discussion and lets learners express their opinions and justify the points made. Can be used as a revision or introductory tool prior to creating a CV in Functional English, Functional ICT or work skills classes.
Answers are included.

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Writing
Context
Employment skills & Public services

A powerpoint to spark discussion and introduce the topic of formal and informal language and choosing which is appropriate for different social and work situations. Aimed at E3-L1 Functional English learners.

The PPT can be used with the word match up game, which gets learners thinking about the difference between formal and informal language. Laminate the page and cut up into individual word cards.

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/L2.5
Wt/L1.4
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Context
Employment skills & Public services

A writing task / practice paper written for an E3 booster writing group of 16-18 year olds.

You want a Saturday job in a pet shop and write a letter to the manager about possible vacancies.

Level
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/E3.4
Wt/E3.1
Context
Employment skills & Public services
Animal care, farming & equine

A set of exercises based around an article from the BBC News website during the adverse weather of 2010.
There are multiple choice comprehension questions, together with exercises on apostrophes, vocabulary and synonyms and anagrams. The learner is then asked to write his/her views.

Level
L2
English
Writing: text focus (composition)
Rw/L2.3
Rt/L2.3
Rt/E2.1
Apostrophes
Context
Employment skills & Public services

The resources have been designed to complement the alphabetical ordering component of the E2 and E3 adult literacy exams. There are are four printable worksheets suitable for levels E2-E3. Two worksheets have also been adapted as PPT slides which include audio files so that the jobs and instructions can be heard as well as read.

Level
E3
E2
English
Rw/E3.4
Rw/E2.4
ESOL
ESOL Rw/E3.4a
Context
Employment skills & Public services

This is a resource that was designed for use in a computer classroom. It allows learners to research what is needed in a cover letter to find employment. For this resource to work most successfully I would advise that learners carry out the ‘research’ stage (Tasks 1 & 2) of the lesson in pairs or small groups.

Level
L1
L2
English
Functional English - writing
Organise and present text structure
Plan, compose and draft
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism
Employment skills & Public services
Catering Food Nutrition

Great for Functional Maths and/or employability classes, this set of resources explore the different levels of the minimum wage. A PPT introduces the topic and demonstrates how to solve some sample problems about the wages bill of a sandwich shop with 4 employees aged between 16 and 35. (Adding up and multiplying money).
The accompanying worksheet provides further practice and consolidation and includes extension questions.

Level
L2
L1
Maths
MSS1/L1.1
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Context
Employment skills & Public services
Business & Money management