For many students, graduation means stepping into the labour market and finding a job that can make the most of the knowledge they have gained over the past few years of their degree. But as many studies have shown, too often, people don’t have the skills that are essential in today’s workforce.
Coventry University’s Add+vantage vocational education and training (VET) scheme provides the skills, including ICT skills, that are essential alongside the academic knowledge that students have gained.
Coventry University’s Add+vantage Scheme Helps Students Boost Digital Skills
The Add+vantage employability scheme uses VET to enable students to develop workplace skills, experience and qualifications, helping to smooth the transition from university to the workforce.
In developing the scheme, the British university surveyed local employers to gain a clearer understanding of the expectations and requirements of their job-seeking graduates.
High on the list were communications skills and IT fluency. ECDL, as an internationally recognised and long-running digital skills certification, was seen as an accredited, trusted brand that supported graduates by broadening their skills set and was included as part of Add+vantage.
Under the Add+vantage scheme, courses are available at various levels. Students select modules that best suit their requirements, with both tutor-led and self-study options available. Students of all abilities have benefited from ECDL, as Stephanie Toman, ECDL Approved Test Centre Manager at Coventry University explains:
“Computer literate students have told me they felt ECDL placed greater structure and efficiency around their existing skills, plus they learnt entirely new ways of doing things. They see ECDL as validation of their competence and a means of proving that ability to potential employers.”
“I often hear from postgraduates that employers have asked for ECDL as part of the interview process. Our Add+vantage scheme has a major role to play here for undergraduates.”