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Consulting qualification set to boost graduate prospects for Leeds Met students

Published: Sunday, 13 May 2012   Category: All Graduate Jobs News | All Graduate job news

Students at Leeds Metropolitan University Business School will get a chance to get ahead in the graduate job market thanks to a Certificate in Management Consulting Essentials.

The course, offered by the Institute of Consulting, can be taken alongside a degree and will mean that students have an added advantage over other business graduates.

Nick Beech, a principal lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan, said: “Academic qualifications help to demonstrate knowledge; with the Institute of Consultancy’s qualifications, students can demonstrate the ability to apply that knowledge in a business context.”

The scheme was initially piloted in 2011 and roughly a quarter of students at the university’s business school have signed up.

The qualification focuses on the following areas:

  • the consultancy role
  • consultant and client relationships
  • communication
  • effective project delivery
  • structured knowledge, research and analysis
  • Stella Bowdell, head of the Institute of Consulting, argued that the course will help set students apart from the graduate talent pool, as figures show that many graduates fail to secure a role within six months of finishing their courses.

“Having a professional qualification could open doors for them,” she added.

Leeds Metropolitan University also runs the Business Enhancement Scheme, which allows graduates to work on specific projects in the local companies that range from the introduction of marketing to the development of IT systems.

Graduates are supported throughout the project by an academic expert, so that they can use their expertise to help businesses grow in an uncertain economic climate.

The scheme, which has just celebrated the end of its first project, gives graduates the opportunity to take up paid work experience placements that can last from eight weeks to two years, designed around the needs of employers.  Projects lasting for six months or more receive funding from Leeds Metropolitan for academic support and administration, while businesses pay solely for direct employment-related costs.

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