DESC1 – VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 1 Certificate in Developing Employability Skills (RQF)

Qualification summary

This qualification has been designed to give you a broader range of “soft skills”, knowledge and confidence to help you overcome barriers to enter the work place.

These include:

  • searching for a job
  • preparing for interviews and speaking confidentially
  • career planning and making applications
  • rights and responsibilities in the workplace
  • understanding conflict at work
  • effective skills, qualities and attitudes for learning and work

Learners taking this qualification can include the unemployed, young people in full time education, students following vocational training programmes and adults looking to re-enter the workplace. These skills are highly valued by today’s employers. They will not only help you look for a new job but will also help you remain in employment. If you require a more basic skills set then you could choose to take the Level 1 Award in Developing Employability Skills (RQF). This qualification is made up of 100% non vocational units.

This qualification does not require you to have any prior qualifications or levels of previous learning. There is no minimum age requirement for this qualification.

This qualification is supported and delivered nationwide by a wide range of Training Providers and Colleges. For contact details of the training providers and colleges that offer this qualification in your local area, please email our customer service team.

VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 1 Certificate in Developing Employability Skills (RQF) Handbook

Qualification structure

Learners must achieve a minimum of 15 credits from group A

A minimum of 8 credits must be achieved at Level 1

Minimum Guided Learning Hours (GLH) are 133

Total Qualification Time (TQT) is 150

Qualification numberQualification reference
DESC1 600/4211/4 

Group A – optional units

unit no.
unit no.
Unit titleUnit LevelCredit value
F/5079592DP11Work awarenessEntry 32
A/501/6880DP15Career planning and making applications13
D/5079597DP17Effective skills, qualities and attitudes for learning and work13
L/501/5958DP23Searching for a job11
R/502/2863DP29Preparing for and learning from interviews13
A/501/6331DP37Conduct at workEntry 31
H/501/6338DP38Speaking confidently at workEntry 31
Y/507/9596DP44Rights and responsibilities in the workplace13
Y/502/3609DP59Understanding conflict at work11
F/505/4207DP128Researching and selecting a job opportunityEntry 33

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