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Coventry University develops Add+vantage employability programme

Coventry has one of the biggest university employability initiatives in the country, with more than 11,000 students taking one 10-credit employability module in each year of study, and covers all undergraduates apart from NHS-funded students. The Add+vantage Scheme is centrally coordinated by the Careers and Employability Service and involves all schools, faculties and other departments and employers, including the Student Union, Centre for Academic Writing, and the Institute of Applied Entrepreneurship. The programme is now in its sixth year and students can choose from more than 70 separate careers-related topics each year.

More than half of all modules chosen are done outside students' main faculty of study and therefore the scheme brings students together from the full range of academic programmes.

In line with the university's corporate plan and teaching and learning objectives, students make choices from five main thematic areas. These are:

• Work Experience/Volunteering, Work-related Projects and Work-related
• Global Languages and Perspectives
• Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
• Professional Accreditation and Development
• Research Skills

Adding value

Employer involvement is an important part of the programme and the university collaborates with many different commercial and voluntary organisations to add value to the scheme. Employers participate in classroom activities and assessment and many hundreds of students also gain relevant experience outside the university each year.

IBM and Jaguar Land Rover are centrally involved in the delivery of two special employment and mentoring modules for second year IT and engineering students. These modules are excellent examples of collaboration between the faculty staff, the careers service and industry.

Further information is available from Norman Day, Head of Careers and Employability Service.

Tags: Coventry million+ employer University Sector

Created on: 30 January 2012

Last updated: 06 February 2012

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