Students Professionalization and Employability through Competences & Skills

« Professionalization and professional certifications of students as a cornerstone for economic and social development »

Terms of Reference

Globalization, innovation and technical progress have had a significant impact on people and communities, even the most remote ones. Academic institutions, students and political and social actors are facing several challenges for which they were not prepared. The precariousness of young graduates, youth unemployment, the disappearance of certain professions, the constant presence of digital technology, the shortage of skilled labor in several areas of the economy, globalization, etc. are elements that force academic institutions and nations to innovate in education, teaching and training.

The objective of a professionalization program is to prepare individuals for specific roles or functions within a particular industry or profession. This involves developing technical skills, improving problem-solving, communication and teamwork skills, learning about trends and best practices in the workplace, and having the opportunity to interact with leaders and mentors from the professional world.
These professionalization programs aim to help individuals improve their professional prospects, advance in their careers and increase their knowledge and overall expertise in their field.

The student professionalization program “SPECS” developed by ECLEE, is an innovative educational path designed to help learners acquire the knowledge, skills and know-how necessary to succeed in a specific profession or industry. This program integrates both theoretical and practical requirements. It was developed in partnership and in collaboration with professional associations, public institutions (such as the European Commission for example), industrial organizations or even universities. They include a range of training activities such as workshops, seminars, courses and professional certification programs.

Innovation and new technologies contribute significantly to the shortening of the lifespan of skills and competences. However, one must distinguish skills that are impacted by technology from what are known and commonly accepted as soft skills or lasting skills that a person will retain throughout their career. Sustainable, non-technical skills include important professional abilities (leadership, critical thinking, communication, etc.) and personal qualities (creativity, mindfulness, courage, etc.).

The European Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurship Education and Jagora University have joined forces with their European, American and African partners to increase the employability potential of young people within the framework of the “SPECS” initiative, the aim of which is the professionalization learners on the one hand and to boost their employability on the other.

The ECLEE – Jagora University professionalization program, for young people and students, is an educational program designed to help them acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to succeed in their studies and integrate more easily into the labor market (or practice a profession) regardless of the sector of activity. For this, this program focuses on the 8 employability skills using a problem-solving approach as a basis.

SPECS is a concept that is structured around two axes:

  1. Technical axis emphasizing a specialty in a given industry often lead to a professional certification;
  2. Soft Skills axis focusing on the leadership and personal development of the learner

This SPECS concept aims to equip, empower and make students effective agents of societal change in economic, social, health and environmental terms in their context and in their sphere of influence.

Associated professional certifications:

  • Lean Six Sigma Certification
  • YETI certification
  • SCRUM & Agile Certification
  • Leadership Diamond® Certification
  • Lean Healthcare

Leadership & Personal Development “SPECS”

The leadership program has been developed over many years of practice in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, and is based on the Leadership Diamond® model or the Four Truths of Management developed by Professor Peter Koestenbaum. This model has been successfully used worldwide at different levels for over 60 years.

This leadership program is pragmatic and practical. It alternates between theory and practical workshops in the form of group work around the following themes:

  • Engaging the community through social entrepreneurship and social business
  • Youth community engagement – Valuing volunteering Effectively
  • Supporting and asserting current leaders
  • Facilitating the emergence of new leaders (mentoring, coaching, community action)
  • Effectively inviting people
  • How to help people discover their “gifts” to serve the community
  • Delegating and empowering effectively
  • How to coach new leaders
  • Developing a team leadership culture
  • How to positively inspire others through projects and accomplishments

The objective of the leadership and personal development program for students is to:

  • Equip students with modern tools to better reconcile dogmatic aspects and traditions with the reality of the moment and give meaning to their lives.
  • Address the concepts of Leadership Capacity “Vision” and “Reality” and enable them to acquire both knowledge and, most importantly, skills necessary to understand the challenges of globalization and seize the opportunities it presents.
  • Enable participants to manage current demands while innovating for the future.
  • To face economic uncertainties and social transformations, and to seize opportunities based on examples and specific cases (Morocco, Tunisia, India, and the United States).
  • To make the right decisions in the right place at the right time. Because their actions or inactions can determine the shape and/or destiny of their community and their professional career.
  • To manage excellence in the short term while promoting innovation and change in the long term.

The SCRUM Fundamental Certification Program “SPECS”

Scrum is an iterative, incremental, and agile method for managing complex projects.

It is the most popular Agile method. It is an adaptive, iterative, fast, flexible, and efficient methodology designed to deliver significant value quickly and throughout a project.

Scrum ensures transparency of communication and creates an environment of collective responsibility and continuous progress. A Scrum project involves a collaborative effort to create a new product, service, or other outcome as defined in the project vision statement. Projects are subject to time, cost, scope, quality, resource, organizational capacity, and other constraints that may be difficult to plan, execute, manage, and ultimately succeed.

However, the successful implementation of the results of a completed project offers significant commercial benefits to an organization. Therefore, it is important that organizations choose and apply an appropriate project management methodology.

One of the main strengths of Scrum lies in the use of cross-functional, self-organized, and empowered teams that divide their work into short and focused work cycles called Sprints. Scrum’s emphasis on value-focused delivery helps Scrum teams deliver results as early as possible in the project.

Some key benefits of the SCRUM method include
  • Adaptability: Empirical process control and iterative delivery make projects adaptable and open to change.
  • Transparency: All information indicators, such as Scrumboard and Sprint Burndown Chart, are shared, creating an open work environment.
  • Continuous feedback: Continuous feedback is provided through daily driving, demonstration, and sprint validation processes.
  • Continuous improvement: Deliverable products are gradually improved, Sprint by Sprint, through the process of priority order processing by Groom.
  • Faster problem resolution: Through collaboration of cross-functional teams
  • Sustainable pace: Scrum processes are designed so that those involved can work at a sustained pace and can theoretically continue indefinitely.
  • Fast delivery of high value: The process of creating a prioritized product backlog ensures that the highest value requirements of the customer are met.
  • Continuous delivery of value: Iterative processes allow for continuous delivery of value through the process of deliverable products, as often as the customer desires.
  • More speed: A collaborative framework allows highly skilled cross-functional teams to reach their full potential and high speed.
  • Innovative environment: The Retrospect Sprint and Retrospect Project processes create an environment of introspection and learning leading to innovation and creativity.

SCRUM Master Class Program

  1. Scrum
    • Overview of Scrum
    • Brief history of Scrum
    • Why use Scrum?
    • Scalability of Scrum
    • Scrum Principles and Scrum Aspects
    • Scrum Process
    • Scrum and Kanban
    • Crystal Method and Scrum Method Agile
  2. Overview Agile
    • Definition
    • Why use Agile Method?
    • Adaptive Project Management
    • Difference between Crystal Method and Agile
  3. Method Kanban software development and Lean
    • Introduction and Fundamental Values
    • Lean Software Development Practices
    • Iterative Development
    • Kanban in software development.

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