Placement Readiness Course 2022

Pagoda Projects are delighted to offer a FULLY FUNDED and bespoke 12-week Future Skills Programme – specifically for those looking to prepare for an upcoming placement in late 2022, over the second semester of 2021/22!

Your university have recently applied and been successful with their scholarship application that will allow 10 current students heading out on placement from summer 2022 the opportunity to take part in Pagoda’s placement readiness course for FREE!

This funded programme will increase your cultural understanding, develop employability skills and help to gain valuable experiences in new and innovative ways.

We’ve designed this exciting programme for the spring 2022 for the students who are looking to enhance their future prospects through a fun and interactive course, with minimal commitment of time and one that’s flexible to work around your academic and personal commitments!


  • FULLY FUNDED programme for up to 10 students from your university!
  • A full induction to the Pagoda Projects app from a member of the UK team.
  • Specific webinars/workshops on how to make the most of your upcoming placement.
  • Access to 4 digital courses focusing on improving cultural fluency, your employability, workplace understanding and digital skills.
  • Gain access to our weekly live general virtual events all themed on improving skills, cultural understanding, and interesting insight to a variety of industries.
  • Access to over 70 hour-long and previously recorded live virtual events.
  • Opportunity to network with current participants completing a similar variation of our programme from around the world.
  • Full support from the UK and international Pagoda team throughout the duration of the programme.
  • Access to the Pagoda Projects alumni network, with over 4,000 past participants of our programmes and where exclusive international job opportunities are posted regularly.





21st February 2021 – 13th May 2022

The best thing about this programme… It’s super flexible!

You’ll have access to over 70 quality events to watch in your own time and be enrolled onto our skills courses, which you can complete day or night as they’re all delivered through our website.

We’ll host a live event each week of your programme, which you can tune in from anywhere in the world that has a decent Wi-Fi connection.

You’ll also have full support from Pagoda throughout the 12 weeks, answering any questions and helping you along the way.



Your university will have pre-selected you for this fully funded programme and directed you to Pagoda’s website to apply. Complete the application below to begin the process of confirming your place onto the course.


Once you have completed the application form below, a member of the Pagoda team will be in touch with a programme agreement, which you would need to review, read carefully and digitally sign to confirm your place onto the course.


When you’ve signed the programme agreement, further instructions on how to access the various resources and gain access to the Pagoda community would be provided.


Begin the programme, join the live sessions, connect with the other participants from around the globe and hopefully you have a positive Pagoda experience!



No matter what course you’re completing, the event library you will be provided access to has something for everyone!

There’s employability workshops, specific industry events, top level fireside discussions with industry leaders and interesting webinars all focusing on improving your employability and international mindset.

Each event is roughly an hour long, with you being able to pause/skip should you want and a helpful summary, with event speakers bios provided to ensure you’re able to get a feel for each event and if they’re likely to be suited to your interests.

Along with the events library, you will also be invited to our weekly live events running each week throughout the programme dates. The themes and topics of the events are unknown at this time but will be confirmed before the start date and more details will be provided to those who sign up to take part.


What are the skills courses?

Pagoda Projects have developed a series of skills courses set to encourage the development of student and recent graduate’ current skillset with the fundamental elements needed to improve their ‘work readiness’ for a post-pandemic business world.

The skills series includes courses focusing on Intercultural Fluency, Employability and Digital Competency. We believe this framework provides the learner with the agility needed for a global and ever-changing workplace, preparing them with the knowledge to communicate effectively within an international work-group or team, tackle the job market with awareness, preparation and confidence and have a strong understanding of the importance of ‘digital’ once they enter the workplace.

As qualifications remain a vital measure of achievement, a certificate is provided following each completed course.

Why are they important?

Based on the Universities UK – Higher Education in England: Provision, Skills and Graduates Survey, ‘for both graduates of all levels and subject areas, skills and competencies came first (82.4% reported this to be a formal or important requirement), followed by relevant work experience (66.7%)’ when asked what mattered most when entering the labour market and attaining a job. Similarly, 87% of employers listed attitudes and aptitudes for work more important than relevant work experience, degree result and degree subject when hiring a graduate.

This coherence between student and employer views supports our framework in being able to provide learners with accessible skills courses that can be integrated into professional internships; this would allow them to achieve both the first and second most important values when attaining employment. For non-placement learners, these courses may be integrated into course projects or their own self-development actions, allowing the learner to practice their new skills in real-time.



This course is designed to provide an understanding of the importance of adaptability when dealing with intercultural communication in both the workplace and society. There will be a focus on the foundations of intercultural understanding and developing the individual’s cultural fluency, as well as various case studies focusing on Greater China, Mexico and Vietnam.

By completing this course, students will be working towards the following key competencies:





By the end of this course, students will have achieved the following:

  • Have created a written article examining the culture of a specific country
  • Have self-assessed their knowledge of intercultural communication and how they can improve management of these
  • Understand how to adapt this knowledge into the real working world through business-scenario case studies

This course aims to improve employability skills through self-awareness, skills awareness and enhancing career readiness. This course will equip the individual with the tools to identify their current skillset, understand those that need developing and transfer their skills to different job specifications using personal examples to showcase these. The aim of this course is to build confidence when applying for the next career step as well as provide a broader set of skills and attributes to ensure success throughout their working life.

By completing this course, students will be working towards the following key competencies:

This course introduces the fundamentals of digital networking, digital marketing, and digital presentations skills. This course will introduce LinkedIn features and making the most of the LinkedIn profile, key differences and benefits between a variety of social media platforms, basic knowledge of SEO and SEM and techniques to improve public speaking skills in a digital context.

By completing this course, students will be working towards the following key competencies:

This course is designed to equip all students and recent graduates with the basic skills needed when entering the workplace. There will be a large focus on understanding how to adapt from in-person to remote work in regards to productivity and time management, communication and the use of digital platforms. The course will also provide learners with the skills needed to identify their current skillset, recognise the skills they’re lacking, and provide actionable examples of how to improve these and meet employer’s demands.

By completing this course, students will be working towards the following key competencies:




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