Key Points

AoFAQ Level 1 Award in Employability (RQF)

This Regulated Qualification is ideal for anyone wishing to gain knowledge in employability skills.

Course Duration: Typically 9 days


1. Be able to plan an oral presentation.
1.1.Plan a presentation for a known group including aims, timing, and use of visual aids

2. Be able to give an oral presentation taking into account purpose and audience.
2.1.Give a short oral presentation to a group on a chosen subject using appropriate techniques.
2.2.Use at least one visual aid to enhance the presentation.

3. Be able to give and receive feedback on a presentation.
3.1.Demonstrate at  Give constructive feedback to others on a presentation.
3.2.Use feedback from others to plan changes to own presentation performance


National Qualification Number: 601/7833/4

Qualification Type: RQF

Guided Learning Hours: 74  (this qualification requires a minimum of 56 classroom hrs.)

Class size maximum: 12 Learners (1 Trainer)

Certificate Price* 

* No charge is made for Learners who have failed to attain required standard to receive the award.

1. Be able to identify career or work options.
1.1.Using at least two information sources, record career or job options.
1.2.Choose one option of career or job to match own requirements and skills. 

2. Be able to complete applications for work or training.
2.1.Complete two application forms legibly, providing the information requested.
2.2.Check the form for accurate spelling and grammar, making amendments as required.
2.3.Produce a simple CV which includes essential information

3. Be able to present self at an interview.
3.1.Arrive in good time for an interview.
3.2.Use body language to indicate positive interest in the position available.
3.3.Demonstrate confidence in answering interview questions.

4. Be able to plan for future work or training.
4.1.Produce an action plan for future work or training, listing necessary short term actions.


The following is exclusively available from AoFAQ  to support the qualification:

Qualification Specification:

  • This gives details of all the Learning Outcomes with Assessment Criteria and full requirements for the qualification.

Trainers/Assessors must:

Subject knowledge or experience 
Trainers who deliver Level 1 Award in Employability must hold the following:
 - A valid teaching qualification as described below.
 - A current valid certificate that is updated annually from an approved Employability programme provider that can confirm the trainer’s abilities and skillset.

Teaching/Assessor qualifications
- Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
- Certificate in Education (CERT ED)
- Diploma in Education (DIP ED)
- Preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector (PTLLS)
- Certificate in teaching in the lifelong learning sector (CTLLS)
- Diploma in teaching in the lifelong learning sector (DTLLS)
- Master of Arts in Education (MA ED)
- Master of Arts in Professional Development, Education and Training (MA PDET)
- Professional trainer certificate 
- IHCD Instructional methods course 
- Level 3 or 4 NVQ Learning and Development 
- CIPD Certificate in Learning Practice 
- Proof of 30 hours of training in any subject (must be verifiable)  
This is not an exhaustive list, therefore if your teaching or training qualification is not listed, please contact us. 

Note: This list is not exhaustive.

Trainers/Assessors should also be able to provide a detailed, chronological list of evidence to show that they have regularly provided Outdoor First Aid assessments during the previous three years. If this is limited, evidence of other first-aid assessments may be provided.

No formal Trainer/Assessor qualifications
It is recognised that trainer/assessors may not hold formal qualifications but may have significant experience in undertaking these roles. It is expected that the trainer/assessors be registered and working towards formal qualifications within one year and that the qualifications are gained within two years.

During this period a portfolio should be maintained and include details of knowledge and experience gained and the time period over which they were applied, and any contributing training undertaken and the learning outcomes achieved. There should be evidence that the individual has conducted at least two practical and two theoretical first-aid training/assessing sessions under the supervision of a qualified assessor.

1. Be aware of relevant health and safety requirements, procedures and equipment.
1.1.State the purpose of relevant, current health and safety requirements, for example, Health and Safety at Work Act or the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations.
1.2.State the correct procedures for reporting accidents and potential hazards. 
1.3.State the correct response to two emergency situations.
1.4.State the location of the use of emergency equipment, for example, fire/emergency alarm and first aid box. 

2. Recognise and manage risk by following safe working practices.
2.1.Identify the potential risks of a given situation.
2.2.State the purpose and use of safety equipment and/or clothing to minimise risk in particular tasks.
2.3.Follow relevant health and safety procedures, for example, by selecting and using appropriate personal protective equipment or using correct manual handling techniques.

1. Be able to plan to meet targets.
1.1.Describe why it is important to set targets. 
1.2.Set targets that clearly show what s/he wants to achieve.
1.3.Identify clear action points and deadlines.
1.4.Identify and access sources of support.
1.5.Make arrangements for reviewing progress.

2. Be able to follow a plan to meet targets and improve performance.
2.1.Work through action points to complete work on time.
2.2.Describe different ways of learning and how s/he learns best.
2.3.Use ways of learning suggested by others and make changes when needed to improve performance.
2.4.Use support given by others to help meet own targets.

3. Be able to review own progress and achievements.
3.1.Identify what s/he has learned and state how s/he has learned.
3.2.State what went well and what went less well.
3.3.Identify targets s/he has met and describe own achievements.
3.4.Accept and use feedback to improve own performance.

1. Understand how recognising and respecting individual differences and diversity contributes to a positive environment in the workplace.
1.1.Identify two positive ways in which individual difference and diversity in the workforce could be recognised and respected.
1.2.Identify the impact these differences between individuals could have on working together.

2. Understand key responsibilities in relation to promoting equality in the workplace.
2.1.Outline own responsibilities and those of an employer in relation to equality.
2.2.Outline at least 2 key principles of inclusion to promote equality in the workplace.

3. Understand the importance of challenging discrimination at work.
3.1.Give an example of a scenario illustrating discrimination at work and an approach to challenging it.

1. Be able to maintain punctuality in a working environment.
1.1.Develop a plan for the use of money, time and available resources to achieve punctual attendance in a working environment.
1.2.Implement a plan to maintain timekeeping requirements in a working environment over a set period of time.

2. Be able to maintain personal appearance requirements for work.
2.1.Identify the requirements for personal appearance and hygiene in different working environments.
2.2.Maintain standards of personal hygiene and dress in a working environment over a set period of time.

3. Understand legal requirements on misuse of substances.
3.1.Outline the legal requirements on misuse of substances and alcohol relevant to individuals in the workplace.

1. Select an appropriate enterprise project for a particular target market.
1.1.State two ways in which s/he could undertake market research and identify the most suitable for his/her enterprise project.
1.2.State, giving reasons for choice, the selected product or service.
1.3.Identify and list their target market and main competitors.

2. Appreciate the unit cost of, and how to set the price for, their product or service.
2.1.Identify and list all the costs involved in producing the product or service.
2.2.Using a given simple arithmetic formula calculate the total cost of producing the product or service.
2.3.State the price s/he will charge the customer for their product or service.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the significance of effective marketing.
3.1.Identify and list the key personal skills/qualities required to effectively market and sell their product or service. 
3.2.Identify and list the most appropriate methods for marketing this product or service.
3.3.Create a resource for marketing their product or service to their target market giving two reasons for their choice of resource.

4. Plan, monitor and review the enterprise project.
4.1.Devise an action plan that identifies and lists each stage of the enterprise project, giving a target time/date for their completion.
4.2.Review and revise the action plan at each stage of the enterprise project stating new target times/dates for their completion.
4.3.State what worked well and what could be improved.

Information Links
 Qualification Specification Qual Spec L1 Award in Employability.pdf


1. Understand the factors that contribute to effective team work.
1.1.List the positive and negative factors that can affect team work.
1.2.Identify personal contributions made to effective team work

2. Understand how to contribute to a team discussion.
2.1.Contribute thoughts and ideas at an appropriate time without talking over others in the group.
2.2.Use appropriate phrases and/or body language to indicate that s/he has something relevant to say.

3. Understand how to participate in a team activity
3.1.Contribute to a team activity.
3.2.Identify the aims and objectives for the activity.
3.3.Identify the personal skills brought to the team activity.
3.4.Identify the skills that other members of the team brought to the activity.
3.5.Identify any changes that would be made if s/he took part in the same activity again.

1. Be able to agree a suitable community project.
1.1.List options for a community project.
1.2.Choose a project and give reasons for choice.
1.3.Agree a suitable community project

2. Be able to plan a suitable community project.
2.1.Produce a list of tasks that need to be done.
2.2.List who will do what.
2.3.Decide a suitable time frame.
2.4.Identify any equipment and materials needed.
2.5.Identify any help needed.
2.6.Agree a suitable plan (with team members if working in a team).

3. Be able to contribute to a risk assessment for the project.
3.1.List possible risks and hazards.
3.2.Plan how to reduce any risks or hazards. 
3.3.Agree a risk assessment with his/her tutor or supervisor.

4. Be able to follow the project plan.
4.1.Take responsibility for completing his/her tasks identified in the plan.
4.2.Review progress (with team members if working in a team).
4.3.Revise plan as necessary.
4.4.Work safely.

5. Be able to review the project.
5.1.Describe what went well.
5.2.Describe what could be improved.
5.3.Describe what he/she has learned about himself/herself and the local community.

1. Understand the principles of good customer care.
1.1.Describe why good customer care is important.
1.2.Demonstrate how to give good customer care in own role.
1.3.Outline how poor customer care can affect customers and organisations.
1.4. Describe the importance of making a good impression when dealing with customers.

2. Be able to provide good customer care.
2.1.Demonstrate good customer care when dealing with a range of customers.

3. Be able to communicate positively with customers.
3.1.Describe positive verbal and non-verbal ways of communicating with customers. 
3.2.Outline the possible results of poor communication with customers.
3.3.Communicate with customers positively in different situations.

4. Understand the importance of keeping to organisational policies and practice.
4.1. Listen and respond to customer queries, requests and complaints in accordance with set policies and procedures.

1. Know how to recognize a straightforward problem and identify ways to tackle it.
1.1.Describe a straightforward problem and describe its effects.
1.2.Suggest ways in which they might tackle the problem.
1.3.Select a way to tackle the problem and agree it with an appropriate person.

2. Be able to plan and carry out activities to tackle a problem.
2.1.Plan the activities needed to tackle the problem.
2.2.Identify resources to help tackle the problem.
2.3.Carry out planned activities.

3. Be able to carry out a review of their methods and the skills they used in tackling the problem .
3.1.Review the approach used to tackle the problem.
3.2.Describe what went well and what did not go so well.
3.3.Identify whether the problem has been solved.

1. Know about sources of income.
1.1.Identify possible sources of income, for example, employment, state benefits.
1.2.List one advantage and one disadvantage of each chosen source.

2. Know about outgoings and expenditure.
2.1.Identify possible types of essential outgoings/expenditure.
2.2.Identify possible types of non-essential outgoings/expenditure.

3. Understand the use of personal budgets.
3.1.Outline a personal budget.
3.2.Identify how possible shortfalls in the budget can be managed.
3.3.Identify how any surplus in the budget can be used.

Internal Quality Assurers must:

Occupational knowledge and competence in the subject ‐ evidenced by:
- Holding a relevant subject qualification or suitable experience

Knowledge and competency in internal quality assurance – evidenced by:
- Holding a qualification/completing CPD training or working towards a suitable qualification.

Internal Quality Assurers must:
- Have knowledge of the requirements of the qualification they 
  are quality assuring at the time any assessment is taking place.
- Have knowledge and understanding of the role of assessors.
- Visit and observe assessments.
- Carry out other related internal quality assurance.

Note: It is understood that not all IQA’s will be qualified initially, and that sufficient time should be considered to achieve these qualifications. During this time centres should ensure that IQA’s are following the principles set out in the current Learning and Development NOS 11 Internally monitor and maintain the quality of assessment. This could be evidenced by holding a qualification such as:
- SQA Accredited Learning and Development Unit 11 Internally Monitor and Maintain the Quality of Workplace Assessment
- RQF Qualifications based on the Learning and Development NOS 11 Internally Monitor and Maintain the Quality of Assessment
- Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (RQF)
- Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (RQF)
- V1 or D34

Note: This list is not exhaustive. 


1. Be able to agree a suitable community project.
1.1.State the main purpose and activities of the organisation.
1.2.Identify and list the other most important activities undertaken by the organisation.
1.3.Outline the main aspects of the management structure.

2. Be able to plan a suitable community project.
2.1.State his/her occupation and role in the workplace.
2.2.List agreed limitations of his/her responsibilities.

3. Be able to contribute to a risk assessment for the project.
3.1.List the reasons for agreed dress conventions.
3.2.Sustain punctuality throughout the placement.
3.3.Behave within agreed standards without direction.

4. Be able to follow the project plan.
4.1.Identify a range of safety hazards and list the precautions they require.
4.2.Select and use appropriate safety equipment for given tasks.
4.3.Locate First Aid Box and list its contents.
4.4.State the organisations procedures in the event of a specific accident or emergency.
4.5.Identify and name the member(s) of staff and their post with responsibility for health and safety and first aid in the organisation.
4.6.Give two examples of how to carry out work tasks that does not endanger self or others.

5. Carry out tasks as requested using appropriate work related skills.
5.1.Carry out given tasks following instructions and/or demonstrations.
5.2.Request guidance as necessary.
5.3.List the work related skills utilised in carrying out tasks.
5.4.Ensure that relevant information is passed on to appropriate others.



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