Career Development – Employment Readiness Program

Core unit components

  • (FSKLRG001) Prepare to participate in a learning environment
  • (FSKLRG003) Use short and simple strategies for career planning
  • (VU22391) Create texts of limited complexity for personal purposes
  • (FSKLRG010) Use routine strategies for career planning
  • (FSKLRG007) Use strategies to identify job opportunities
  • (VU22402) Undertake a simple investigation of health and wellbeing
  • (VU22342) Identify learning objectives
  • (FSKWTG009) Write routine workplace texts
  • (VU22393) Create texts of limited complexity to participate in the workplace
  • (FSKOCM007) Interact effectively with others at work
  • (FSKOCM005) Use oral communication skills for effective workplace presentations
  • (VU22388) Engage with texts of limited complexity for employment purposes
  • (FSKDIG002) Use digital technology for routine and simple workplace tasks

Course Overview

Whether you are a job seeker or planning a career change, we can help you on your journey to getting the right skills for your next job!

The Macquarie Community College Careers Centre (MCC) provides a face-to-face professional employment readiness program that is supported by the Employment Readiness Scale™ (ERS) tool. This is an eight week program, with two face to face sessions per week.

The Employment Readiness Scale™ (ERS) tool is an easy, user friendly online self-assessment tool that measures how ready you are for work, identifies gaps in work readiness and helps you create action plans to bridge the gaps and brings you closer to becoming work ready. Once you are work ready, your chances of finding and keeping a job that you like, are greater than 80%.

This course is suitable for those who:

  • Are currently unemployed
  • Recently graduated
  • Are looking for a job or career change
  • Are unsure about how to prepare and search for work
  • Need support with finding services for your individual circumstances
  • Have barriers and challenges in gaining employment

Macquarie Community College operates from a range of venues across Northern and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Blacktown, Carlingford, Chatswood, Epping, Mt Druitt, Richmond and Ryde. Enrol now!

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What you will learn

Course outline

What is the Career Development – Employment Readiness Program?

By the end of the first session, you will get a detailed employment readiness report of your strengths, job ready gaps, and a personalised action plan to help you improve your career goals and employability.

Included in this program are the work ready workshops where you will be empowered with the skills and knowledge for your career development and career maintenance.

The job ready workshops included are:

  • Career Decision Making – Career Planning
  • Job Skills Match
  • Skills Profile and Skills in Demand
  • Create your Personal Brand – LinkedIn
  • Write a Winning Cover Letter
  • Winning Interview Skills
  • Mock Interview Superstar
  • Reflect on Past Successes
  • Self Esteem and Confidence Building
  • Transition to Work after a Long Absence

The Employment Readiness Scale™ (ERS) tool is used several times throughout the program to measure and capture positive changes in your employment readiness, help you update your action plan, work towards your career goals, help find a job that you like and manage your career.

Course outcome

By the end of this course, you will have the skills and confidence to locate, secure and maintain employment.

A Statement of Attainment will be issued for the units where competency has been achieved.

What is involved

Time commitment

This course involves 1.5 hours of classroom delivery.


Assessment (including recognition of prior learning) must:

  • Meet the requirements of the relevant unit of competency, training package or accredited course, and
  • Be conducted in accordance with the principles of assessment and the rules of evidence, and
  • Meet workplace and, where relevant, regulatory requirements.

For this course assessment will entail the following:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Completing a multiple choice assessment

What you need to know

Entry requirements

An appropriate level of language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills is required to enrol in this course. Macquarie Community College may conduct an LLN assessment as part of the pre enrolment process.

You will be required to complete a short survey as a part of the enrolment process.

What you need to provide

Please bring a:

  • All course material is provided and inclusive with course fees
  • Notepad and pen

Fees and government subsidies

The NSW Government’s Adult and Community Education (ACE) Program provides affordable, local training and education to NSW communities. Under the ACE program, participants, employers, delivery partners and providers and the government collaborate to improve learning outcomes for learners and meet community training needs.
The ACE Program will also offer support to small business owners and their staff by providing fully subsidised accredited and non-accredited training in targeted courses in information technology, business services or foundation skills.
*Eligibility criteria apply. This training is fully subsidised by the NSW Government, and as a result your fee is determined through Training Services NSW formal eligibility criteria.
Students will need to supply the required evidence in accord with the requirements of Smart and Skilled eligibility.

  • Eligible for Subsidised Training: Fee-Free
  • Not Eligible for Subsidised Training: Price on Application

If you're a prospective student, employer or service provider please visit: for more information where you will find everything you need to know about the ACE program before you enrol.
Contact us today or call on 1300 845 888 to check your eligibility.

Other information

Study Load

The completion time for the BSB40520 – Certificate IV in Leadership and Management varies according to the educational background and any relevant work experience of the student.

Course takes approximately 6-12 months. The student will be expected to complete approximately 30 hours of study in class or at home per week, full time or the equivalent part time.

What you can do next

Study pathway

After successfully completing the Career Development – Employment Readiness Program you will be supported with career guidance for up to six months.

Based on your individual needs and skills enhancement requirements, our career mentors will recommend beneficial courses that serve your personal career goals.

Class details

RTO 90033
Start Date29 April 2024
End Date18 June 2024
DaysMon, Tue
Time10.00 am - 2.30pm
TutorDenise Dewar
Location Blacktown Campus

Class details

RTO 90033
Start Date02 May 2024
End Date21 June 2024
DaysThu, Fri
Time10.00am - 2.30pm
TutorDenise Dewar
Location Chatswood Campus

Fees & Government Subsidies

At Macquarie Community College, we create and provide affordable and inclusive learning opportunities that meet the needs of individuals, organisations and communities.

Given the broad range of accredited and non-accredited programs offered by the College the fees and subsidies will vary depending on the course.

Fee for Service Courses 

Courses available on a fee-for-service basis will have the price clearly indicated within the class details. Additional fee information may also be found in the ‘’what you need to provide’’ section of the course details.

Funded Courses

Macquarie Community College delivers NSW government subsidised training, including training under the Smart and Skilled and Adult and Community Education (ACE) programs.

To access government subsidised training, including fee exemptions or concessions, you must meet the following criteria:

  • aged 15 years or older
  • no longer be at school
  • living or working in NSW
  • Australian OR New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident OR a Humanitarian Visa Holder, OR a Partner Visa Holder whose sponsor is a current or past Humanitarian Visa Holder

When you enrol in a NSW government subsidised course you will be required to pay the Smart and Skilled student fee unless you qualify for a fee exemption.

For further information on NSW government subsidies visit the below funding pages.

Adult and Community Education 

Smart and Skilled 


NSW Fee Free Training 

Credit Transfer

Am I Eligible for Credit Transfers?

Credit Transfer (CT) is granted as a result of identifying learning outcomes already achieved through formal training. Credit outcomes may allow for entry into a qualification and/or provide credit towards the qualification. Credit Transfer given may reduce the time required for you to achieve the qualification.

To apply for Credit Transfer you will need to provide original or certified copies of certificates previously attained through formal training prior to completing the enrolment process.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is granted as a result of identifying and assessing previous and current informal education and training, work experience and/or life experience and knowledge. Previous learning and the evidence supplied is measured against pre-determined performance standards contained within the Units of Competency.

To apply for recognition of prior learning you should indicate your decision to apply for recognition as soon as possible after enrolment and the induction program.

We will be happy to provide you with an RPL kit after speaking directly with you to ensure you understand the requirements of this process.

Delivery Mode

To meet the needs of our students Macquarie Community College balances delivery and engagement across permanent, regular and temporary delivery sites and offer face-to-face, remote zoom classes and self-paced learning options.

Ways to Study

  • On campus

Our college campus locations are:

    • Blacktown
    • Chatswood
    • Carlingford
    • Epping
    • Ryde
    • Mt Druitt
  • Virtual classroom
  • Complete workplace training
  • Combine ways to study


How you got questions? Please see our comprehensive FAQ page for everything you need to know about Macquarie Community College, our policies, student support, application and enrolment procedures.

How to Apply

Step 1 - Apply

  • Select your preferred course and class
  • Review course and fee subsidy requirements to check your eligibility
  • If you need help contact us via livechat or via contact us form
  • Click Apply now

Step 2 - Assessment / Enrolment

  • We will assess your application and make contact within 2 business days
  • You will be asked to complete a language, literacy & numeracy assessment
  • Complete enrolment form
  • Provide all required evidence and/or documents

Step 3 - Start Learning

Following submitting your enrolment form and documents you will receive:

  • An enrolment confirmation
  • Tax invoice / payment plan details (if relevant)
  • A course reminder prior to your classes starting
  • A Zoom link (Online Zoom classes only)
  • A student login to your learning portal if relevant