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Coventry University

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Giving students an Add+vantage

Two modules have been developed in association with IBM and Jaguar Land Rover and give students unique industry insights and experiences as well as gaining guidance for graduate recruitment.

Coventry University’s Add+vantage Scheme is one of the most innovative and comprehensive employability programmes in the UK with more than 12,000 undergraduates taking accredited Add+vantage modules each year.

Add+vantage modules are designed to enhance employability and support the growing number of students who want to set up their own business after graduation. The extensive range of modules help students to gain work-related knowledge, develop skills, competencies, professional qualifications and experience, and stand out in the graduate marketplace.

To achieve this, modules are designed to meet the requirements of employers. Students study one Add+vantage module in each year of their degree course and they are mandatory and credit bearing. There are over 200 modules from English for overseas students or Islamic Law, to data analysis or a Global Experience Field Trip. Students can opt for work experience modules such as volunteering in schools or coaching practice. There is also the opportunity to gain professional qualifications such as ECDL and CISCO, to build and demonstrate computer literacy and IT skills, or gain accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute. Modules within the Global Languages theme include Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic, Japanese, and Russian. The common thread is that the modules facilitate the transition from university to work and help students develop and expand the skills employers are looking for.

Two modules have been developed in association with IBM and Jaguar Land Rover and give students unique industry insights and experiences as well as gaining guidance for graduate recruitment. Representatives from the companies, alongside Lecturers and Careers Advisers from the University, are involved in the training and assessment of students on these modules.

Students also benefit from personal mentors and workplace visits to help them make the transition from university to the graduate working environment. Students gain understanding of how large organisations work, what different roles entail and how they might start building their own careers. The 10 week course provides realistic insights into what is needed to secure a graduate role in these types of organisations.

To find out more, visit www.coventry.ac.uk

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