When recruiting graduates, employers are increasingly rating sound employability skills as a highly valuable trait for candidates to offer. In a recent BBC News online article, head of the CBI, Richard Lambert, stresses ‘students must get skills and first-hand experience of work while still at university.’ A recent report launched by the CBI and Universities UK indicates that 78% of employers who were surveyed view employability skills as ‘essential’.
When it comes to considering the vast array of university courses on offer, prospective students are being more considered in their subject and institution choices. More and more, they’re looking for courses which are not just of purely academic value to them and are placing an increasing emphasis on being able to gain practical knowledge and experience as part of their course in order to help give them a competitive edge in their future careers. Employability is rapidly becoming a factor that influences prospective students’ choices.
Through its expertise as a provider of many vocationally relevant programmes, Birmingham City University is well positioned to provide a combination of academic and practical knowledge which reflect the changing demands of prospective students.
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Many employers see the benefits of ensuring that their employees have opportunities to develop themselves both personally and professionally during the course of their careers. In this article, we look at a range of options which may be available to you to enhance your professional development.
What types of course are available?
Professionally-accredited courses provide the opportunity to study for a qualification which is recognised in a specific field. At Birmingham City University, we offer a range of professionally accredited programmes endorsed by professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, the Chartered Institute of Building, the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Royal Institute of British Architects. These can be offered at various levels including professional certificates/ diplomas, degrees or postgraduate qualifications.
Some courses actually provide options to develop professionally from ‘unqualified’ to ‘qualified’ status, such as teaching or nursing. Teaching assistants and care assistants may progress to the next stage of their career by achieving such a qualification.
Foundation degrees are a relatively new type of course which may appeal to those who are working in a particular area and want to complete a Higher Education qualification. Continue reading Professional Development Courses