The Lagos-based Centre for International Advanced and Professional Studies (CIAPS) has unveiled plans that will enable graduates secure jobs in their chosen careers.

The Centre Director, Professor Anthony Kila in a statement at the launch of the new CIAPS fast track programmes for graduates; Outcome Based Educational (OBE) programmes, said it is built on research and the inputs from dynamic organisations about their recruitment needs, as well as their employment and development strategies.

He said the programme is designed to address the employability of many graduates and young people, adding that it will kick-off in April. “Rather than focusing on just theory and academic curriculum, CIAPS is working with businesses and different organisations and employers to establish the 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.”

He added that the programmes will help familiarise them with the working environment as a fundamental part of their study at CIAPS will be their work-experience, work-placements and other 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 help them reach employers.

“The scheme aims to generate over a hundred jobs. The fast track programmes start in April 2018, they will last about three months and the main areas of study are for Senior PAs and Executive Assistants, Media and Journalism, Business Management, Banking and Finance, School Management, Business Development, Project Management, Events Management, International Tutor Certificate, Political Campaign Management and Production and Operations Management,” Kila said.

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.