Last updated December 10, 2021

Employability Practitioner (Level 4)

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Employability Practitioner (Level 4)


This Employability Practitioner programme is ideal for those individuals who are working in the public, private or charitable sector delivering employability support. It will provide these specialists with the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to help individuals secure suitable and sustainable employment. Employability Practitioners are typically involved with working with individuals (service users) who are distanced furthest from the labour market, helping them to address and overcome obstacles to securing suitable and sustainable employment.

Employability Practitioners may specialise in working with a specific group of service users, devising strategies to address and overcome any barriers to employment, and to improve their employability prospects. The apprenticeship will provide apprentices with the skills and behaviours that enable them to work with and interact with service users who may have mental health conditions, disabilities, generational unemployment, social barriers or substance misuse.


Who is it for?

This Employability Practitioner apprenticeship is suitable for staff and organisations who deliver employability support through local and national contracts across different public services such as back to work programmes, careers advice and guidance, housing, probation, health, social care, apprenticeships and skills development.

This occupation is found in small, medium, or large organisations which sit within any of the public, private or charitable sectors. Apprentices in this role will gain a broad range of knowledge and skills that contribute to and improves the employability prospects of service users.

  • Employment Advisors/Coaches/Consultants
  • Employability Tutors
  • Job Coaches
  • Careers Advisors
  • IAG Advisors
  • Student Support Workers
  • Housing Officers
  • Case Workers
  • Case Managers
  • Community Support Advisors
  • Training Advisors
  • Career or Employment Coordinators
  • Personal Advisors
  • Advanced, Lead or Senior Employment
  • Advisors/Coaches/Consultants
  • Senior or Lead Job Coaches/Careers Advisors
  • Lead IAG Advisors
  • Senior Student Support Workers
  • Advanced Practitioners
  • Key Workers

What are the benefits?

Employer Benefits

  • Enhances the skills of existing staff
  • Brings latest knowledge and best practice
    into the business
  • Development of workplace problem solving skills
  • Apprentices develop the critical skills demanded
    by employer
  • Enhances reputation, provides customer reassurance by
    investing in trained staff
  • Support professionalisation of the sector providing a pathway for
    new recruits
  • Clearly demonstrates the importance supporting social mobility
    and the UK economy
  • Enable Practitioners to deliver and support social mobility and the
    UK economy through effective provision of Employability services
  • Apprentices will demonstrate a range of excellent skills including
    supporting service users, developing employability skills whilst
    changing the behaviours of service users
  • Creates a culture that better equips individuals to succeed

Apprentice Benefits

  • Progression to higher qualifications
  • Applies learnt theories and models to
    practical situations within the workplace
  • Gain skills from an industry driven approach
  • Apprentices will be able to share their knowledge
    and replicate best-practice
  • Enables Practitioners to gain recognition for their
    current skills whilst at the same time learning new ones
  • Equips individuals working within the sector with the knowledge,
    skills and behaviours that they need now but also for the future
  • Improve apprentice’s knowledge and skills including knowledge
    around theories and models in supported employment, individual
    placement and support modules
  • Develop and demonstrate a range of transferable skills and
    professional behaviours and attributes in the work environment
  • Provides individuals with additional core knowledge, skills,
    techniques and tools to be more successful in undertaking their role
  • Apprentices will be able to provide information, advice and
    guidance on employability, careers and local labour market
    information to service users, employers and colleagues

How is the course delivered?

An essential element of the ESP delivery model is to ensure you are supported at each stage in your journey to enable you to fully succeed.

Learners will be supported by learning and skills coaches who are experts in their field, working closely with employers to ensure learners gain the skills, knowledge and behaviours to demonstrate competency as an Employability Practitioner.

Our learning coaches will:

    • Deliver online and face-to-face workshops
    • They will cover the knowledge need for each module through interactive and informative sessions
    • They will help plan independent learning activities
    • They will provide one to one coaching via telephone, in the workplace or via virtual mediums like Teams
    • They will provide feedback on written assignments and evidence submitted
    • they will support you with preparation for end point assessment

How long is the course?

The Employability Practitioner course is delivered via a mixture of face to face and online workshops, webinars, coaching sessions and work-place learning.

A typical programme maybe broken down in to the following elements:

  • 12 x 6-hour workshops to cover knowledge elements of the standard (may include face to face and online workshop delivery)
  • 4 x skills development workshops and workplace activities
  • 3 x 4-hour EPA preparation workshops
  • 6 x 1-hour virtual coaching sessions
  • 6 x 1 ½ hour Reviews
  • Completion of Portfolio of Evidence and Research Activity
  • Completion of online learning modules as part of off the job activities
  • Development of maths and English through our online learning platform, with the support of the LSC (if required)

Employability Practitioner – Course duration 13-15 months plus EPA


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