Opportunities Activities

CEF Category Long Opportunities

These activities are suggested for each key stage as a means of securing the appropriate skills and experiences for the Opportunities category of the employability framework.


  • Provide stories that help children to make sense of different environments.
  • Visit different parts of the local community, including areas where some children may be very knowledgeable.
  • Make a display with the children, showing all the people who make up the community of the setting.
  • Share stories that reflect the diversity of children’s experiences.
  • Invite people from a range of cultural backgrounds to talk about aspects of their lives or the things they do in their work, such as a volunteer who helps people become familiar with the local area.

Key Stage 1

  • Find out about different types of jobs and talk about the different kinds of duties for jobs
  • Interview adults about the kind of work they do
  • In small groups share about the different kinds of roles within jobs

Key Stage 2

  • Collect information from a variety of sources and presenting it as a webpage about jobs that interest them
  • Interview adults on how they got their jobs
  • Write a blog on the day in the life of a ‘professional’

Key Stage 3

  • Through work place visits young people explore how a curriculum area is applied in the working world e.g. Geography and the built environment.
  • Business volunteers share their career path and current area of work.
  • Students work in teams with a Business Volunteer to develop a product or event.

Key Stage 4

  • Careers Education is embedded across the curriculum so bringing meaning to achievement.
  • Undertake Careers Guidance Interview with resulting action plan

Key Stage 5

  • Undertake specialist work experience capable of informing UCAS or other career personal statements
  • Interview vocational or academic experts to inform Extended
  • Project Qualification work

Skills & Experiences

  • They work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow the rules. They adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes of routine in their stride.
  • Speak about the kinds of jobs they think they like
  • Speaking & listening

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