« Professionalization and professional certifications of students as a cornerstone for economic and social development »
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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:
- Technical axis emphasizing a specialty in a given industry often lead to a professional certification;
- 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