What is the e-PASS?

Developing your employability skills to be WORK READY for the 21st Century Global economy.

The e-PASS at Suffolk New College is designed to support you in developing your employability skills by providing you with a framework of essential skills that you will be able to practice and develop as part of your work placement, work experience, mandatory vocational placement or industry work placement and in some cases work related activities/projects.

Supported through your Professional Development sessions, and complemented by your vocational curriculum, you will explore the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for employment in your chosen career.

The e-PASS focuses on how to prepare you for your route to employability, which may include next levels of education including higher education and training as pathway to your intended career destination.

There are 8 strands within the e-PASS and each strand has 3 steps of achievement – see below - which will demonstrate how you are developing your employability skills to be work ready. To demonstrate that you have achieved each step, there are a number of criteria for you to reflect on to evidence how you have demonstrated these skills.

Tracking completion of the e-PASS steps on Pro-Monitor

During your Professional Development sessions, your Progress Tutor will support you in reviewing the e-PASS skills, to plan which skills you will be able to develop in your work experience, and then reviewing afterwards how successful you have been in achieving these skills.

You will record your progress in Pro-Monitor in the All About Me section, where you can record details of how you have demonstrated particular skills in the work place or as part of a work related project. You will be given time in your Professional Development sessions, later in the academic year to complete these sections with your Progress Tutor.


1. Communication Skills

Step One:

a) Listening and following instructions

b) Speaking clearly and directly

c) Using appropriate body language

Step Two:

d) Being polite and considerate

e) Asking questions and sharing information

Step Three:

f) Using technical/industry specific language in writing

g) Reading and understanding technical/industry specific information

2. Personal Presentation/Stand out from the Crowd

Step One:

a) Dressing appropriately

b) Being prepared at all times

c) Shown enthusiasm for work/tasks

Step Two :

d) Demonstrated professionalism

e) Being assertive/confident

Step Three:

f) Celebrated success of yourself or others

g) Regularly being of service to others

3. Team work/Collaboration

Step One:

a) Working as part of a team to a shared goal

b) Being on time with your contribution to the team

c) Working with people of different ages, gender, ethnicity, religion

Step Two:

d) Filling in for others at short notice to team achieves goals

e) Sharing your ideas

f) Sticking to your role and not stepping on others toes – when appropriate

Step Three:

g) Demonstrated active listening skills

h) Given constructive feedback to others to improve the team goal

4. Positive Work Ethic

Step One:

a) Turning up on time

b) Presenting yourself appropriately

c) Following the workplace rules

Step Two:

d) Showing respect

e) Showing commitment to the business by getting the job done

f) Asking for help when you are not sure

Step Three:

g) Learning from your mistakes

h) Demonstrated honesty and integrity

5. Self-Management

Step One:

a) Managing your time

b) Prioritising work activities

c) Taking responsibility

Step Two:

d) Giving yourself adequate time to complete a task

e) Having personal goals/deadlines

Step Three:

f) Evaluating your own performance

g) Asking for feedback and acting on it

6. Leadership

Step One:

a) Shown you are fully customer focused

b) Demonstrated Loyalty

c) Taken on Responsibility

Step Two:

d) Demonstrated willingness to learn and curiosity

e) Have gained the trust and respect of colleagues

Step Three:

f) Completed a task to a high standard

g) Led a work activity for the team

h) Shown courage

7. Applied Digital Literacy Skills

Step One:

a) Used basic IT skills

b) Connected with others in the workplace using technology

Step Two:

c) Used IT as a management tool (eg calendar, reminders, tasks)

d) Used industry specific digital tools

Step Three:

e) Navigated your way through an unfamiliar IT application

f) Used technology to complete a task/project

8. Problem solving/Creativity

Step One:

a) Solved a problem with your team

b) Asked for advice from others

Step Two:

c) Identified a problem and found a solution or created a new idea

d) Showed independence and initiative

Step Three:

e) Addressed customer concerns or complaints

f) Adapted work to new situations