Employability offers children the tools to adopt a ‘can do’ attitude and encourages them to realise their enterprising capabilities.
During the curriculum review that took place in 2002 children said that they wanted learning to be more relevant to their lives, they should be able to make connections with what they learn and that they are provided with opportunities to actively contribute to their learning.
Employability is one of the key elements underpinning the revised curriculum and it aims to bridge the cultural gap that exists between what goes on outside the classroom window and what happens in the classroom.
Employability is not about asking children what they want to be when they grow up but it does recognise the impressions that children are making about the world of work from a very early age through what they see in the media, what they hear from their families and the roles they often simulate through play. Employability aims to build on children’s existing awareness of the world around them. It is also about offering opportunities for children to see that, for them, school is their workplace.
In this way they gain an insight into the importance and relevance of the curriculum, including literacy, numeracy, ICT and the skills and attitudes necessary in the world of work.