BESTest was launched in June 2016 by REED NCFE. This is a baseline Employability Skills Test designed to assess a learners ‘job readiness’ and where their learning needs are. Thereby aiding individual curriculum planning and an FE College’s overall curriculum planning. BESTest also assesses the positive difference made by learning programme interventions in terms of specific employability skills.
How best to use BESTest to prepare learners for Apprenticeships is
shown in this YouTube video. This YouTube
video describes how the new Baseline Employability Skills Test which
will enable you to:
– Accurately track and evidence distance travelled within ‘Employability’; and
– Provide individualised learning plans based on learners strengths and weaknesses.
Soft skills are critical in today’s workplace. The term employability characteristics refers to a cluster of productive personality traits that characterize one’s suitability for working effectively – including with other people. Employability characteristics, or soft employability skills can include social graces, communication skills, cognitive agility, emotional intelligence, resilience, empathy, time management, teamwork and leadership traits.
Hard skills, or technical skills, were the only skills necessary for career employment and were generally quantifiable and measurable from educational background, work experience or through interview.