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The Work-Ready Toolkit

Learn new skills to boost your career

Key Dates

Enrolment open: 22 June 2020

Study start date: 13 July 2020

General Enquiries

Emma Young
1300 363 864

This unit has been designed to help Tasmanians overcome employment challenges due to COVID-19. You’ll come away with a unique set of skills, techniques and strategies that you can apply to both your personal life and career.

The Work-Ready Toolkit covers a range of useful topics such as networking, teamwork, interviewing skills and CV writing. You will also explore a range of personal and career development skills, as well as time management and motivational strategies.

This unit is offered to students nationally, fully online, without costs or tuition fees. To begin studying, you will need to enrol in the Diploma of General Studies (X1G).

All Tasmanians, regardless of their educational or professional backgrounds, are encouraged to apply. We will make sure you are well supported throughout your studies.

Offered Entirely Online
All modules within The Work-Ready Toolkit are offered online. This means you can complete your modules at your own pace, to suit your lifestyle and commitments.

No costs or tuition fees
Scholarships are available for students nationally. If applicable, you will not incur a tuition fee or debt when completing modules within The Work-Ready Toolkit. All you need to do is complete an eCaf form, as this is how the University receives support from the Government to provide these units at no cost to you.

Throughout the 12 modules you will undertake in this unit, you will complete practical activities that will give you a real competitive edge. Unit assessment will be a combination of workbook activities and short written assignments, which will be graded as a pass or fail.

Upon completing the toolkit, you will receive 12.5 credit points for eligible courses. For more detail, check out our FAQs below.

Our unit topics

  • Module 1: Motivation
  • Module 2: Time Management
  • Module 3: Understanding Diversity in the Workplace
  • Module 4: Self-management (vision and goals)
  • Module 5: Developing SMART Goals
  • Module 6: Writing a CV
  • Module 7: Writing a Cover Letter and Addressing Selection Criteria
  • Module 8: Interview Skills
  • Module 9: Networking
  • Module 10: Building Rapport and Observation Skills
  • Module 11: Working in Teams
  • Module 12: Lean Thinking


Who can participate in The Work-Ready Toolkit?

The Work-Ready Toolkit (unit code: ZWT002) is aimed at assisting Tasmanians as we face the ongoing challenges of COVID-19. All Tasmanians are eligible to enrol without costs or tuition fees; this also includes University of Tasmania staff and alumni.

The program is offered fully online, with flexible options to suit your lifestyle and commitments. You will need to have access to a computer and a reliable internet connection.

What are the dates for this unit?

The current offering of The Work-Ready Toolkit will begin on 13 July 2020 and run through to 18 October 2020.

Are there any pre-requirements for taking The Work-Ready Toolkit?

No, there are no formal requirements for The Work-Ready Toolkit.

What will I be required to do when undertaking The Work-Ready Toolkit?

You should expect to spend approximately 8-10 hours/week undertaking the 12 modules in The Work-Ready Toolkit. Online content and activities will be provided to you weekly.  Overall, The Work-Ready Toolkit should take you about 100-120 hours.

On successful completion of The Work-Ready Toolkit you will:

Come away with a unique set of skills, techniques and strategies that you can apply to both your personal life and career.

Receive 12.5 credit points into courses where this unit is listed as a core unit or elective unit, or in courses where foundation level units and/or an elective option is available.

I don't own a computer. Can I still take The Work-Ready Toolkit?

You will need to have access to a computer to complete The Work-Ready Toolkit. If you don't have your own computer, perhaps someone in your household has one.

You will also require a reliable internet connection. You should expect to download about 1-2 GB of data each month while studying.

Do I need to be available online at specific times?

You can complete The Work-Ready Toolkit in your own time as the weekly material is self-paced. If the unit coordinators choose to present some content in the form of a live web conference, it will be recorded, and you will be made aware of this.

Are there exams or assignments?

There are three assignments in The Work-Ready Toolkit including a multiple-choice quiz, a mock job application and a workbook. There is no exam.

Is there any face-to-face teaching?

No. The Work-Ready Toolkit unit is entirely online.

Who would benefit from The Work-Ready Toolkit?

Anyone who is interested in developing skills, techniques and attributes to prepare or upskill for work in contemporary workplaces.

Why is the University offering The Work-Ready Toolkit at no cost?

From time to time the University of Tasmania offers some study options with concession tuition fees. These are generally online options which help increase community awareness and skills in areas such as healthy living and social engagement.

For many potential students, the cost of university study is a significant barrier; and those who haven’t studied for some time may appreciate the opportunity to develop confidence in their ability to succeed at a university program without the pressure of tuition fees. In addition, we believe that the development of skills in these topics is critical to community advancement and social cohesion – especially in our current environment. These concessions are part of meeting our University’s broader community obligation.

The University may receive funding for Commonwealth Supported Places and will waive any fees relating to student contribution. You will need to meet the eligibility requirements for a Commonwealth Supported Place for your fees to be waived.

What do I need to do to enrol?

Scroll down to the ‘Applying and Enrolling’ section for instructions on the full process.

What will I be enrolled in?

In order to participate in The Work-Ready Toolkit unit (ZWT002), the University will enrol you in a course called the Diploma of General Studies (X1G). This is a general course that provides an introduction to higher education study in a range of disciplines. By completing the online webform (see the ‘Applying and Enrolling’ section) you will be automatically enrolled into that course and The Work-Ready Toolkit unit. There is no formal obligation that you do any further study under that course.

How do I apply for The Work-Ready Toolkit?

The Work-Ready Toolkit is a unit within a course called the Diploma of General Studies (X1G). By completing the online application form (explained below) you will be enrolled into that course and the single unit.

Step one: Apply for The Work-Ready Toolkit unit:

  • Apply online via the online application form
  • If you are having any difficulties with applying, please contact our Future Students team on 1300 363 864 who can assist with this process or via email
  • It is highly recommended that you apply before the 13 July 2020. Please note: due to the popularity of the course, the enrolment processing time and provision of your login details may take up to a week

Step two: Receive your offer to study by email:

  • You will be notified of the outcome of your application by email, which will include your University username and password, and login information for eStudent and MyLO (see below).

Step three: Change your password

  • Use your University username and temporary password to log in to eStudent. This is the student portal for the University. Follow the instructions for how to change your password to something that you choose. Please make sure you keep track of your password.
  • If you are having any trouble doing this, please contact

Step four: Complete your eCAF (please see further below)

  • You will need to fill out an electronic form called an eCAF (electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form). This is a government form that is available online through eStudent, out student portal.
  • This does not have to be done straight away, and you will undertake an exercise when you begin the unit that will help you fill this out.
  • If you would like to do this before you start, use your University username and temporary password to log in to eStudent.
  • Once you have logged in to eStudent, you will need to follow the steps to accept the terms and conditions and complete your eCAF.

Step five: You are now ready to start The Work-Ready Toolkit!

  • The Work-Ready Toolkit opens on 13 July; use your University email username and password to access the content through this link to our ‘MyLO’ system. MyLO is the university’s online platform where you can access all the material for The Work-Ready Toolkit.

What is an eCAF?

The eCAF (electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form) is a government form that is available online through eStudent.

Filling out the eCAF is a mandatory Commonwealth Government requirement. While the form will ask for information from which you may imply you have to pay fees, this is not the case. The Work-Ready Toolkit is being offered at no cost to domestic applicants eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place.

Instructions for how to complete the eCAF are available in this guide: eCAF Instruction Guide (PDF 524KB).

What happens if I begin The Work-Ready Toolkit after the official start date?

The Work-Ready Toolkit is delivered entirely online and for this reason, you can control your study to suit you and make up for any time you may have missed. Please note, however, that there will be assessment tasks due on certain dates.