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Practical Living/Career Studies

Workplace Essential Skills

Skills and advice for finding, getting, and keeping a job
Grade Levels:
30 minutes
Taping Rights:
MARC Record:
Web Site:
PBS LiteracyLink
Program Schedule:
See Below

Designed for adults who are looking for a job or want to improve their skills in order to get or keep a better job, Workplace Essential Skills shows high school students what to expect from the job application process, what skills and attributes employers look for, and how those skills are put to work in real on-the-job situations. The first eight programs help the learner develop career goals and realistic plans for attaining those goals. The four programs in the Communication Skills component explore customer service, teamwork, and conflict-resolution strategies. The series also includes instructional programs in writing, reading, and mathematics within a workplace context. These programs may be used as remedial help for students who need to improve basic skills in these areas. The accompanying workbooks are written at a 6th to 7th grade reading level. Produced by KET as part of the PBS LiteracyLink Project.

Program of Studies:
English/Language Arts: Speaking, Listening, and Observing
Mathematics: Number Properties and Operations, Measurement, Geometry, Data Analysis and Probability, Algebraic Thinking
Practical Living/Vocational Studies: Career Awareness, Exploration, Planning, Employability Skills, Communication/Technology

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2012/13 KETKY Program Schedule

101. Planning To Work
Emphasizes career planning and the role of work in people's lives.
102. Matching Skills and Jobs
Tools to help you assess your own skills and then find a job that fits.
103. Applying for Jobs
Understanding and using application forms and processes.
104. Resumes, Tests, and Choices
Writing effective résumés and preparing for employment tests.
105. Interviewing
How to prepare for the job interview.
106. Ready for Work
Understanding and demonstrating work-readiness skills.
107. Workplace Safety
Developing safety-conscious attitudes and skills.
108. Learning at Work
Orientation and training phase strategies.
109. The Language of Work
Effective workplace speaking/listening strategies and skills.
110. Communicating with Co-Workers and Supervisors
Strategies for conflict resolution.
111. Working Together
Stresses the key personal skills and strategies needed for collaborating with colleagues and working in teams.
112. Communicating with Customers
How to develop excellent customer-service skills.
113. A Process for Writing
The importance of the writing process in the workplace.
114. Supplying Information: Directions, Forms, and Charts
Advice and practice exercises for developing accuracy and completeness.
115. Writing Memos and Letters
The importance of knowing the audience and purpose for your memos and letters and the appropriate formats to use in various circumstances.
116. Reading for a Purpose
Purposes and strategies for workplace reading.
117. Finding What You Need: Forms and Charts
The role and importance of accuracy; locating specifics.
118. Following Directions
The role and importance of following directions on the job.
119. Reading Reports and Manuals
Usage, organization, and comprehension skills for reports and manuals.
120. Number Sense
A variety of workplace uses for mathematics; developing number sense.
121. Solving Problems
Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and mathematical reasoning skills are vital to employment.
122. Fractions, Decimals, and Percents
Workplace uses of ratio, rate, and proportion.
123. Measurements and Formulas
Different units of measurement and how and when to apply them.
124. Trends and Predictions: Graphs and Data
The role and importance of evaluation and the effective presentation of data.
125. Orientation
An introduction to the series and its accompanying workbooks.

Broadcast Schedules

Workplace Essential Skills airs year-round on both KET1 and KET2:

  • KET1: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:00 m/11:00 pm CT
  • KET2: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30/8:30 am CT

See the complete Workplace Essential Skills broadcast schedule for details.

The schedule listed here includes only airings on the KETKY channel. See the complete Workplace Essential Skills broadcast schedule for airings on all KET channels.

Kentucky Academic Expectations

This program relates to the following Kentucky Academic Expectations.

Kentucky schools may tape and retain programs according to the rights listed above. For further information, contact the KET Education Division.

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