Lagos-based Centre for International Advanced and Professional Studies, CIAPS, has unveiled its plan to help graduate get jobs in their chosen career.
The Centre Director, Prof Anthony Kila, in a statement issued in Lagos whilst launching the new CIAPS fast track programmes for graduates explained that the plan is based on the CIAPS’ OBE Programmes.
The CIAPS OBE Programmes, according to Prof Kila, “are Outcome-based Educational programmes built on research and the inputs we get from dynamic organisations about their recruitment needs as well as their employment and development strategies”.
A major aim of the programme is to address the employability of many graduates and young people.
Rather than focusing on just theory and academic curriculum, CIAPS is working with businesses and other various kinds of organisations and employers to establish what kind of graduates these organisations and employers need, what skills and knowledge these graduate should possess.
This way graduates will be training for a real job and career rather than just for a certificate.
The programmes will also help young people and graduates familiarise themselves with the working environment as a fundamental part of their study at CIAPS will be their work-experience, work-placements and other various kind of internships.
Many of the companies working with CIAPS on these programmes are eager to employ but cannot find the right people, many of the graduates they find are just not ready for the work environment.
CIAPS’ plan through its fast track programmes is to bridge this gap by providing very practical training for graduates and helping them reach employers.
The scheme aims to generate over a hundred jobs. The fast track programmes start in October 2016, they will last about three months and the main areas of study are in Media and Journalism, Business Administration, Production and Operations Management, Business Development, Project Management, Event Management, Banking and Finance, Graduate Diploma for Senior PAs Executive Assistants, Education which starts in August
Applicants for these courses are required to have a first degree or equivalent (Bachelors, HND). Having a good grade is a major advantage.
Applicants without such qualifications may apply, but their applications will be subject to a more complex process and they will be required to demonstrate their ability to successfully follow the programme.
In all cases, applicants will be tested by CIAPS through written assessments and verbal interview. Applicants will be deemed successful only if they are judged to possess a good mix of:
Imagination and creative thinking
Written and verbal communication skills
Ability and willingness to learn
Sense of responsibility and ability to work in a team
Resilience and stability
Integrity and respect for others
Interested applicants can apply by visiting the CIAPS website www.ciaps.org