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Advice for teachers -
Media

Employability skills

Units 1 to 4 of the VCE Media study provide students with the opportunity to engage in a range of learning activities. In addition to demonstrating their understanding and mastery of the content and skills specific to the study, students may also develop employability skills through their learning activities.

The nationally agreed employability skills* are: Communication; Planning and organising; Teamwork; Problem Solving; Self-management; Initiative and enterprise; Technology; and Learning.

Each employability skill contains a number of facets that have a broad coverage of all employment contexts and are designed to describe all employees. The table below links those facets that may be understood and applied in a school or non-employment related setting, to the types of assessment commonly undertaken with a VCE study.

Assessment task and employability skills
Assessment task Employability skills selected facets

Structured questions

Communication (writing to the needs of the audience; sharing information)
Problem solving (developing creative and innovative solutions; developing practical solutions; applying a range of strategies to problem solving)
Learning (being open to new ideas and techniques)
Initiative and enterprise (being creative; generating a range of options; initiating innovative solutions)
Self-management (having knowledge and confidence in own ideas and visions; evaluating and monitoring own performance; taking responsibility; articulating own ideas and visions)

Written responses

Communication (writing to the needs of the audience; sharing information)
Problem solving (developing creative and innovative solutions; developing practical solutions; applying a range of strategies to problem solving)
Learning (being open to new ideas and techniques)
Initiative and enterprise (being creative; generating a range of options; initiating innovative solutions)

Report

Communication (sharing information; speaking clearly and directly; writing to the needs of the audience)
Planning and organising (collecting, analysing and organising information)
Technology (having a range of basic IT skills; using IT to organise data)

Presentations using digital technologies

Communication (writing to the needs of the audience; sharing information; speaking clearly and directly)
Technology (having a range of basic IT skills; using IT to organise data)
Planning and organising (collecting, analysing and organising information)

Media production design

Communication (sharing information; speaking clearly and directly; writing to the needs of the audience)
Planning and organising (planning the use of resources including time management; weighing up risk, evaluating alternatives and applying evaluation criteria)
Technology (having a range of basic IT skills; using IT to organise data)
Teamwork (working as an individual and as a member of a team; knowing how to define a role as part of the team)
Initiative and enterprise (generating a range of options; initiating innovative solutions; being creative
Self-management (evaluating and monitoring own performance)
Problem solving
(developing practical solutions; testing assumptions taking the context of data and circumstances into account; developing creative and innovative solutions)

*The employability skills are derived from the Employability Skills Framework (Employability Skills for the Future, 2002), developed by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Business Council of Australia, and published by the (former) Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training.