Governor's Institute for Career Education and Work
Local Employment-- Local Training Programs: How are They Related?

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Governor’s Institute for Career Education and Work Activity

by Julie Arcelus, Patricia Donner and Juanita Dymszo

Title

Local Employment-- Local Training Programs: How are They Related?

Standards Addressed
  • 13.1.3 C Explain the relationship among local employment, training programs and employment opportunities
  • 1.1.8 A, 1.2.8 B, 1.6.8 A, 1.6.8 D, 1.6.8 F, 1.8.8 B
Brief Overview Explore the relationship between local employment and training opportunities.
Grade Level 8th
Content Area(s) Guidance, Career Education, Language Arts, or Social Studies
Other standards supported ASCA, PSCA, NCDG
Prep Time 60 minutes
Implementation Time Two 45-minute sessions (minimum)
Learning Objectives Students will be able to explain the relationship between local employment and training programs. They will learn to utilize career information available through the local newspaper classifieds.
Materials Needed
  • Multiple copies of local newspapers
  • Handout of classified samples and abbreviations
  • Chalk and Chalkboard or Whiteboard and marker
Detailed Activity Steps Lesson 1
  1. Brainstorm methods on the board for finding information about local employment opportunities and training.
  2. Focus on how to use classified advertisements in local newspapers, discuss and explain the elements of classified ads (i.e. the organization/layout, abbreviations, terms, categories of employment, etc.).
  3. Through the use of a handout that provides examples of particular ads, allow students to practice finding and interpreting specific information.
Lesson 2
  1. Review a daily newspaper for articles on local employment trends.
  2. Have students tally the number of postings in various categories of employment.
  3. Discuss the relationships between the tally results and the trends, which were reflected in articles.
Theory basis Trait and Factor Theory
Evaluation/Assessment
  • Following lessons 1 and 2, students will complete a matching exercise on classified abbreviations and terms.
  • Students will select a classified ad of interest to them, identify the training necessary, and determine if the training is available locally.
  • Students will write a one page reflection on local employment trends based upon newspaper articles provided.
Comments Multiple lessons are recommended to meet this standard.
Enhancement Activities
  1. Students could explain the relationship between local employment and training programs by visiting the county CareerLink office.
  2. Students could explore the relationship between local employment and training opportunities via a guest speaker from a staffing agency or placement service.
  3. Students could explore the relationship between local employment and training opportunities through internet job search websites.
Adaptation for at risk kids Assessments can be completed orally.
Resources

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