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Module 2: Application forms Exercise 2.1: identifying your skills Aim: help participants identify all the skills they have acquired from all parts of their life – work, home, voluntary work and hobbies. Timing: approx. 15 minutes 1 This is a quick activity to get the participants to analyse what skills they have and how they are transferable from one part of their life (eg, home) to another (eg, work).

Exercise 2.2: positive speaking 1 Aim: show participants that how they say something is just as important as what they say. Timing: approx. 15 minutes 1 Ask the participants to briefly read and analyse the two statements and report back what they think are the key differences between them. 2 You are looking for positive and negative differences and additionally gender as 70 per cent of people consider the person in the description is female (because of the reference to childcare).

Exercise 2.3: positive speaking 2 Aim: show participants how they can translate negative statements about work into positive statements. Timing: approx. 15 minutes 1 Explain that it is important to write about yourself in a positive manner when applying for jobs and how by using certain words you can do this easily.

2 Suggested answers: (a) Given responsibility for some staff induction. (b) Organised stock control and purchase. (c) Versatile and experienced in all areas within the company. (d) Created the company’s filing system and organised staff training for its use. (e) Controlled and kept audited records of Playgroup accounts, including petty cash. I feel this experience directly relates to the tasks in your job description. (f) I was encouraged to take on the responsibility of my work unsupervised.

Exercise 2.4: preparing to fill in application forms Aim: show the participants how they can gather all the information they need before they start filling in an application form. Timing: approx. 30 minutes 1 Explain how it’s essential to get together all the information you’ll need before filling in an application form. Explain that the object of the exercise is to complete two key forms – one listing education and qualifications and the other listing work experience – so that participants will have all the key information they need before they put pen to paper. 2 Hand out the form headed ‘Education and qualifications’. Give participants about 15 minutes to complete it. 3 Hand out the form headed ‘Employment history’. Give participants about 15 minutes to complete it.

Moving on: supporting UNISON members facing redundancy  
Moving on: supporting UNISON members facing redundancy  

Informal learning for UNISON members facing redundancy