Enhanced Development to Shape Direction

Your reflective report is an accumulation of your overall development charting your journey travelled

since your engagement with this module.

You need to reflect on your development and critically analyse how the module has enhanced your

skills, knowledge and awareness. Evaluate the key aspects that have impacted on your development

and what actions you have implemented to improve your employability status. Discuss how your

participation to the module enhanced and improve your skills and sharpened your intellect.

• This is an individual report.

• You can write in first person.

• If you kept a reflective professional development journal during the academic year, refer to it as this

can help you pin point key learning points. You can attach relevant section to your appendix.

• Make sure you include key theoretical, conceptual and applied learning points.

Welcome to the Employability Youth and Community Module. This module has been designed for

students preparing to work in the voluntary and Statutory Sector in areas such as Criminal justice

system, Probation, Youth and Community Work. The handbook will provide guidance on the overall

aims and structure of the module.

This module is designed to aid the student’s professional development with a particular emphasis on

the Youth/Community development sector. Students will explore identified key skills underpinned by

key theories, concepts and ideas, in order to be an effective practitioner thus increasing their

employability in the sector. There will be opportunities for students to improve their current skill set

and critically reflect in order to enhance their development.

Module aims

The module aims to:

• Analyse how key sociological/psychological concepts and theories of youth and community work

interact with employment.

• Provide insight into theoretical learning while linking to previous or potential practical experiences.

• Incorporate experiential learning techniques to critically examine learning theory and promoting

self­reflection to aid students’ understanding of knowledge and skills needed in employability.

• Introduce students to the sector’s professional occupational standards and theoretical frameworks

for critical reflective practice.

• Develop students’ self­confidence as effective practitioners through the understanding of relevant

theoretical knowledge and how they relate to the development of identified key skills such as project

management, communication and presentation skills.

On successful completion of this module students will:

1. Identify areas of personal strengths and weaknesses for personal development planning.

2. Apply management tools and demonstrate skills and theoretical knowledge to a given situation.

3. Critically reflect on area of professional practice and further development of relevant skills and

knowledge to increase employability.

4. Practice a range of self­management and inter­personal skills in relation to critical thinking &

analytical skills, problem solving, communication, presentations, project management, cultural

awareness, emotional intelligence and reflective practice


A review of youth/community work policy and practice related to ethics and values

Exploring the key skills required to perform effectively as a practitioner in a variety of roles

Discuss theoretical and practical applications of a range of key skills:

• Critical & analytical thinking

• Problem solving

• Communication

• Presentations

• Devising and developing Project Management skills

• Culture Awareness + emotional intelligence

• Reflective practice

As ‘practitioners’, examine case studies and provide effective solutions underpinned by theory,

demonstrating an understanding of ethics and values in relation to the professional sector.

Use key skills explored during the course in order to plan, design and present a programme that can

be integrated into a work based setting.


Seminar activities Key Tasks

Module Induction

The Employability Journey: not destination

Module expectations clarification of key elements of the module.

Understanding expectations from module leader

Devise a personal framework demonstrating your key skills, knowledge and experience.


No lecture off site event

Students to attend

The London Graduate Fair


Introduction to Project Management Seminar Task

Project Management – part one Assignment preparation and group task Each group to submit

organization names and proposed questions

Project Management ­ part two

Seminar Task

Submit groups members

Organisational challenges On finance, preparing a bid and making a grant application

The role of evaluation Seminar Task

Critical and analytical thinking skills

Seminar Task


Delivering effective presentation Part 1 Seminar Task Submit Project Proposal

Effective presentations 2 Students to participate in Question and Answer session.

Review progress of reflective journal Individual student tutorials


Group Tutorial

Seminar Task – linked to presentation Action and notes

Effective Presentation Seminar Task

Careers Service Seminar Task

Presentation skills Seminar Task

Practical exam

Group Presentations

Emotional Intelligence

Seminar task: Six thinking hats application

Understanding Cultural Awareness Seminar Exercise

b Models of Leadership Seminar Task

Effective Evaluation ­ part 1 Module Task

Effective Evaluation ­ part 2 Module Task

Key Reading

Banks, S (2010) Ethical Issues in Youth Work. (2nd edition): Routledge

Bayley,S & Mavity R (2007). Life’s a Pitch. Bantam Press

Buchroth, I and Parkin, C (2010) Using Theory in Youth and Community Work Practice. Exeter:

Learning Matters.

De Bono, Edward (2000). Six Thinking Hats. London: Penguin

Ehrenberg. J & Mattock. J. (2001) Powerful Presentations: Kogan

Freire, P ( 1996). Pedagogy of the oppressed. New York: penguin p.61­65

Handy, C. (1993). Understanding Organisations: Penguin

Goleman, D (1999) Working with Emotional Intelligence: Bloomsbury

Maguire, M. (2009). Law and Youth Work. Learning Matters: Exeter

Northouse, G (2007).Leadership Theory and Practice: Sage

Sapin, K. (2009). Essential Skills for Youth Work Practice: Sage

Thompson, N. (2012). The people solutions source book: Macmillan

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