Curriculum Guideline

Employment Readiness

Effective Date:
Course Code
CAEP 0300
Employment Readiness
Career and Employment Preparation
Applied Community Studies
Start Date
End Term
Semester Length
15 Weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
32 hours/semester
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction
  • Lectures
  • Group activities
  • Audiovisual media
  • Guest lectures
Course Description
This course is designed to prepare students with learning difficulties or barriers to education and employment for entry level employment and/or further vocational training. It focuses on workplace skills and behaviors that contribute to job success, including social and communication skills, problem solving, self-management and self-advocacy skills, work safety skills, and interview skills. Students also explore their occupational and career alternatives based on their interests, knowledge and skills.
Course Content
  • Introduction to career development
  • Exploration of self-knowledge of skills, strengths, and interests
  • Workplace communication and employability skills
  • Problem solving strategies
  • Time management tools and time management strategies
  • Communicating support needs and self-advocating in the work place
  • Purpose and format of the interview process
  • Workplace safety
Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate respectful interactions in a diverse multi-cultural learning/work environment and basic workplace communication skills.
  2. Demonstrate appropriate conversational skills in the classroom and at work sites.
  3. Identify barriers to communication and use strategies to overcome barriers.
  4. Recognize and demonstrate active listening techniques.
  5. Differentiate between passive, aggressive and assertive communication.
  6. Demonstrate initiative, dependability and reliability on the job.
  7. Identify problems and apply problem-solving strategies.
  8. List and demonstrate self-management skills that are essential for maintaining job performance.
  9. Demonstrate the roles in the interview process to gain an insight into what each one brings to the process.
  10. Respond to interview questions by presenting their personal preferences, interests, strengths, and limitations.
  11. Describe the importance of workplace safety and demonstrate safety skills.
Means of Assessment

This course uses the mastery grading system and will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:

  • Mid-point and final self-assessments
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Regular attendance and participation in class activities
Textbook Materials

Topic relevant material will be provided throughout the course.


Instructor permission


No corequisite courses


No equivalency courses