The Skills for Work Certificate - Your Questions Answered

If you have a part-time job, or are thinking of working around your studies, then the Skills for Work Certificate could be for you...

The Skills for Work Certificate (SfWC) is a programme designed to help you show off all the skills you've developed through working - skills you might not have learned through studying alone. You will build up a portfolio of all the transferable skills you have to offer & examples of when you've put these skills in to practice (handy for those dreaded application forms and interviews!) and you'll be able to show employers you have exactly what it takes to succeed in the workplace. Just think of it as the icing on your CV!

The SfWC is also designed to help you gain a clearer idea of how to land that dream job after you graduate: as part of the programme, you'll be asked to research your chosen career and find out what day-to-work would involve; what skills you would need to get ahead, and where to look for work in that industry.

At the end of the programme, you'll get a Certificate from the Careers Service which is endorsed by lots of big name graduate employers. The Skills for Work Certificate also counts towards the Sheffield Graduate Award.

So far so good? Read on to find out how you can get started today!

What does the Programme involve?

  • The first step is to attend a 1 hour briefing session, where we'll explain the programme to you & answer any questions you might have
  • You will then need to complete at least 50 hours of work experience (don't worry, you'll have lots of time to complete the 50 hours, and your work can include internships, holiday jobs, voluntary work, part-time work or a mixture of these - and you can work for more than one organisation!)
  • As well as your work experience, you will be asked to complete 2 assessed tasks: an Occupational Study & a Skills Record sheet. The tasks will help you to find out more about your desired career & prepare for interviews and graduate application forms, and will also help you recognise your achievements in the workplace.
What do I need to do to get started?

  • The first thing you need to do is register for a briefing session. You can do this at:

  • Once you've attended the session, all that's left to do is start working!
And if you'd like to take part in the Skills for Work Certificate but you haven't got a job, then don't worry - the Student Jobshop team are here to help! Call in to the Jobshop (in the Students' Union between SSID and New Leaf) between 10am and 3pm Monday-Friday (11am-3pm Tuesdays) for advice on finding work & applying to jobs, or visit My Vacancies, our online database of jobs. You don't have to register, and you can access My Vacancies from any computer - just log into MUSE, click on the 'Careers' tab above your emails, and click on 'Careers Vacancy Service'.

Hopefully this has answered all your questions, but if there's anything else you'd like to know, email: and we'll get back to you as soon as possible!

We look forward to seeing you at the Briefing Session!

The Skills for Work Certificate Team
Careers Service

Careers Service

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