Talk for Work

The Talk for Work Profile is an easy to use tool which can be used by secondary school staff to profile communication skills in young people; specifically, those skills needed for the workplace

 

                                                                     

 

 

The Talk for Work Profile is an easy to use tool which can be used by secondary school staff to profile communication skills in young people; specifically, those skills needed for the workplace.

Communication is the fundamental life skill, crucial for learning, relationships, behaviour – and for success at work. In every workplace, oral communication from managers and supervisors to employees, and vice versa, is a daily occurrence and vital to successful productivity and outcomes. However, year on year employer surveys raise concerns about the shortage of communication skills in the workforce and the impact this has on the economy (summarised in Skills for Life: Skills for work, I CAN 2016).
 
In 2016, I CAN have carried out a survey asking employers which communication skills were most important to them. I CAN’s Talk for Work profile is based on the results of this survey. A summary of the survey results is available here.


Talk for Work Profile and Resources

The Talk for Work Profile is available as a download purchased from the I CAN shop. It consists of a tool to profile student’s communication skills for work:

As well as a tool to profile students’ communication skills for work, the Talk for Work Profile comes with a book of practical strategies for school staff about ways they could support the student once they had completed the profile. This includes

  • Guidance in having a conversation with the student about their scores
  • Some activities the school staff can try with the students (see example (pdf))
  • A target setting sheet
  • Signposting to other programmes and resources

Online Tracker

Once you have completed the profile with students you can input their scores into the I CAN Online Tracker. From here you can download and print colour coded graphs. If you want to measure the students’ progress over time, or before and after they participate in an intervention such as I CAN’s Talk about Talk Secondary, you can complete the profile more than once and input both sets of scores on to the tracker.


Webcast

No training is required to be able to use the Profile. We have developed a 40 minutes webcast to support you to use the profile and its accompanying resources. 

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