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Generation UK – China Skills Programme

GENERATION UK

FUNDED CHINA SKILLS PROGRAMME

Generation UK was launched by the British Council in 2013 to help young UK nationals increase their employability, enhance their long-term job prospects, and develop a global mind-set through study and work experience opportunities in China.

This programme offers 8-week online skills programme focused around China. By encouraging UK students to engage with China, Generation UK aims to bring young people from both countries closer together, increase mutual understanding, and pave the way to lasting links and partnerships between the UK and China.

The Generation UK internship programme (online) is supported by the Department for Education, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.

Note: There is no need to submit all the documents to begin your application. Simply fill in the details you have readily available and we’ll follow up to confirm that you meet the eligibility criteria.

Please note: this is an online programme and does not involve travel to China.

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PROGRAMME DETAILS

Pagoda Projects and the British Council have put together an exciting programme of activities and events dedicated to providing insights into Chinese business and culture.

You will be matched with your very own English-speaking Chinese Cultural Mentor to develop your cultural understanding and increase your knowledge of China whilst sharing you own perspectives. Topics for discussion with your mentor will be assigned to you oand you will reflect in your Cultural Journal as part of check-ins via the Pagoda Projects app.

There will be four online courses assigned to you which you can complete in your own time across the duration of the programme. We recommend you complete as many of these as possible to compliment your cultural understanding, increase your awareness of employability skills and improve your work-readiness.

You will also be able to learn to speak Mandarin with 10 hours of language classes as part of the programme.

You will receive support from the Pagoda team throughout and we will work with you to make sure you are prepared and ready to make the most out of your programme.

Once the programme begins, we ask that you check in with Pagoda Projects and your Cultural Mentor via our portal to keep us updated on your progress. Your dedicated Pagoda Projects support staff will also be available, if needed, throughout the programme.

What’s included in the programme?

  • A rich calendar of bespoke activities and events linked to China, weekly online events and access to our event library
  • A full induction to the Pagoda Projects portal from a member of the Pagoda team.
  • Access to several digital courses focusing on improving cultural fluency, your employability, and digital skills.
  • Paired with a cultural mentor from one of our amazing overseas destinations and provided the platform to discuss interesting topics selected by Pagoda.
  • 10 hours of mandarin language classes
  • Opportunity to network with current participants completing a similar variation of our program from around the world.
  • Fully support from our international Pagoda team throughout the duration of the program.
  • Enjoy all the benefits of being a Pagoda Alumni member with dedicated Linkedin / Facebook groups & know about Pagoda Job opportunities first!

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?

This skills programme is fully funded for eligible students. However, if you’re awarded a place on the programme, you will be required to provide a £50 deposit that’s fully refundable at the end of your programme.

PROGRAMME DATES

START & END DATES

30th January 2023 – 24th March 2023

This is a very flexible programme that doesn’t require daily attendance. Only language classes and events are at a set time and date but those will be communicated in advance. The online courses and event recordings are available to watch and complete in your own time alongside your studies or a job.

Due to an extensive pre-organised event calendar and cultural mentor aspects of the programme, the start dates are fixed. Please get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.

Applications are open again for students currently enrolled or recently graduated from a Scottish University ONLY.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: 23rd December 2022!

HOW IT WORKS

STEP 1

Submit your application below and register your interest

STEP 2

Pagoda will confirm programme details with you, request your supporting documents and assess your eligibility. These recommendations will be provided back to the British Council to decide who may receive funding.

STEP 3

Once approved, you’ll need to sign our programme agreement, pay the refundable deposit and wait for the programme to start!

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ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR GENERATION UK FUNDING

  Be at least 18 years old

  Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or postgraduate student at a Scotland-based university, or have graduated from one within the past two years

  Be a UK or EU passport holder

  Meet our student finance eligibility criteria

  Not be in receipt of any other Generation UK funding

  Not previously undertaken a Generation UK internship, or taken part in a Generation UK scholarship programme

TICK ALL THE BOXES? APPLY NOW

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EVENTS

DURING THE PROGRAMME WE WILL BE HOSTING LOTS OF EVENTS TO IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS & GAIN EXPERIENCE

THE COURSES

What are the skills courses?

Pagoda Projects have developed a series of skills courses set to encourage the development of your skillsets with a focus on ‘work readiness’ in a post-pandemic business world.

The Skills series includes courses focusing on Intercultural Fluency, Employability, Digital Competency and Workplace Basics. This framework provides the learner with the agility needed for a globalised and ever-changing workplace, preparing you with the knowledge to communicate effectively within an international team, approach the job-market with confidence and have a strong understanding of the importance of ‘digital’ technologies.

As qualifications remain a vital measure of achievement, a certificate is awarded to you 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 will allow you to achieve the most important attributes considered by employers.

COURSE DETAILS

EXPAND A COURSE FOR MORE INFORMATION

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

  • Have created a written article examining the culture of a specific country
  • Have self-assessed your abilities of intercultural communication and identified areas of improvement
  • Understood how to adapt this knowledge into the working world through business-scenario case studies

This course improves employability skills through self-awareness, skills awareness and enhancing career readiness. This course will equip the individual with the tools to identify your current skillset, understand those that need developing and transfer your 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 your working life.

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

 

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

  • Have an improved CV and understand how to tailor this to different applications
  • Have created a basic template for a cover letter linked to your skillset and examples which can later be adapted
  • Be more self-aware and understand skills that need to be developed

This course introduces the fundamentals of digital networking, digital marketing, and digital presentations skills. This course will introduce LinkedIn features and how to make the most of your 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, you will be working towards the following key competencies:

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

  • Have an up-to-date LinkedIn profile and know how best to use this to your advantage
  • Have learned the digital marketing basics and will be aware of how to adapt content and SEO techniques to specific goals
  • Have mastered public speaking and digital presentations and will be aware of online resources that provide practice of these

This course will equip you 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 you with the skills needed to identify your current skillset, recognise the skills you may be lacking, and provide actionable examples of how to improve these and meet employer’s demands.

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

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

  • Have recognised the best methods of creating an organised and creative environment to manage tasks and time efficiently using CRM software, scheduling and other methods.
  • Have a clear understanding of how to communicate effectively within a professional team and have the basic skills to lead a digital meeting.
  • Have identified your strengths and gained an understanding of how to exercise these to the best standard, as well as weaknesses and the most effective actions to improve on these.

CULTURAL MENTORS

A UNIQUE WAY TO SHARE CULTURES

You will be partnered with a Cultural Mentor who will help you to increase your cultural awareness.

  • You’ll schedule one audio or video call each week and exchange common interests and areas of study.
  • Pagoda will provide you with a theme (e.g. festivals/traditions, food, music/arts etc.) to discuss knowledge and experiences in relation to the home country culture.

FUNDING APPLICATION

Applications for the Pagoda Projects Generation UK are now open.

Not sure about a certain aspect of taking part or the programme? Check out our FAQs page for lots more details!

For any other questions related to Generation UK funded programmes or the application process, please contact us by email or by phone.

DON’T FORGET TO APPLY BEFORE THE DEADLINE OF 23rd DECEMBER 2022

READY TO APPLY?

To register your interest in our Generation UK programmes and to receive more information on how to apply, please complete the application here.

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Global Work-Ready Certificate – 2022 (for students at Australian and New Zealand Universities)

Pagoda Projects are delighted to offer of our 4-week Global Work-Ready Certificate!

We have renamed our ‘Future Skills’ programme to reflect the positive response from employers and students in how this short, 4-week programme has improved their work-readiness and employability prospects in preparation for graduation.

Our mission remains focused on increasing cultural understanding, developing employability skills and helping students to gain valuable experiences in new and innovative ways.

We’ve designed this exciting new and flexible programme in 2022 for those studying at universities in Australia and New Zealand. This interactive short-course has been designed to be flexible and work around your own busy schedule.

GAIN INSIGHT TO NEW AND INTERESTING SECTORS

GAIN INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR HOME

LEARN NEW AND RELEVANT SKILLS FOR YOUR EMPLOYABILITY

PROGRAMME DETAILS

  • A full induction to the Pagoda Projects APP from a member of the Pagoda team.
  • Access to several digital courses focusing on improving cultural fluency, your employability, and digital skills.
  • Paired with a cultural mentor from one of our amazing overseas destinations and provided the platform to discuss interesting topics selected by Pagoda.
  • Gain lifetime access to all of Pagoda’s live virtual events in 2022, and back catalogue of recorded events, all themed on improving skills, cultural understanding, and interesting insight to a variety of industries.
  • Opportunity to network with current participants completing a similar variation of our programme from around the world.
  • Full support from our international Pagoda team throughout the duration of the programme.
  • Access to the Pagoda Projects alumni network, with over 3,000 past participants of our programmes and where exclusive international job opportunities are posted regularly
  • Programme fee: $1000 AUD/ $1050 NZD (there may be full or partial funding available via your university)
  • Refundable deposit: $200 AUD required upon enrolment 

PROGRAMME DATES

Fully Flexible Start Dates*

You can expect the programme to comprise of a total of 25-30 hours over the 4 weeks. All aspects of the programme can be completed at time that’s convenient for you.

*Start dates are flexible, however we recommend applying four weeks or more prior to your preferred start date to allow amble time for onboarding and introduction to your Cultural Mentor.

HOW IT WORKS

STEP 1

Submit a quick application below and one of the friendly Pagoda team will respond within 1 business day to confirm your application has been received.

STEP 2

You will be issued a booking form that summarises the programme T&C’s, which is something you’ll need to look over carefully and sign to finalise your place on the programme.

STEP 3

When you’ve confirmed your place on the programme, our team will be in touch with the initial steps of the onboarding process and begin the process of matching you with a cultural mentor. More details regarding the first few days of the programme would follow closer to your chosen start date.

EVENTS

DURING THE PROGRAMME WE WILL BE HOSTING LOTS OF EVENTS TO IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS & GAIN EXPERIENCE

Throughout each programme we’ll arrange live workshops, sector-specific webinars, Q&As sessions with industry leaders, fireside chats, specific networking events, alumni reunions and social activities to ensure a well-rounded events package that covers a huge variety of topics.

All the events will be delivered virtually, meaning you can access from anywhere in the world.

Each event is no more than an hour long and typically takes place on weekdays only. The event schedule including content of sessions, speakers and topics to be discussed would be finalised closer to the programme start dates and communicated with those taking part.

THE COURSES

What are the skills courses?

Pagoda Projects have developed a series of skills courses set to encourage the development of your skillsets with a focus on ‘work readiness’ in a post-pandemic business world.

The Skills series includes courses focusing on Intercultural Fluency, Employability, Digital Competency and Workplace Basics. This framework provides the learner with the agility needed for a globalised and ever-changing workplace, preparing you with the knowledge to communicate effectively within an international team, approach the job-market with confidence and have a strong understanding of the importance of ‘digital’ technologies.

As qualifications remain a vital measure of achievement, an individual certificate is also awarded to you following each successfully completed micro-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 will allow you to achieve the most important attributes considered by employers.

COURSE DETAILS

EXPAND A COURSE FOR MORE INFORMATION

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

  • Have created a written article examining the culture of a specific country
  • Have self-assessed your abilities of intercultural communication and identified areas of improvement
  • Understood how to adapt this knowledge into the working world through business-scenario case studies

This course improves employability skills through self-awareness, skills awareness and enhancing career readiness. This course will equip the individual with the tools to identify your current skillset, understand those that need developing and transfer your 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 your working life.

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

 

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

  • Have an improved CV and understand how to tailor this to different applications
  • Have created a basic template for a cover letter linked to your skillset and examples which can later be adapted
  • Be more self-aware and understand skills that need to be developed

This course introduces the fundamentals of digital networking, digital marketing, and digital presentations skills. This course will introduce LinkedIn features and how to make the most of your 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, you will be working towards the following key competencies:

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

  • Have an up-to-date LinkedIn profile and know how best to use this to your advantage
  • Have learned the digital marketing basics and will be aware of how to adapt content and SEO techniques to specific goals
  • Have mastered public speaking and digital presentations and will be aware of online resources that provide practice of these

This course will equip you 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 you with the skills needed to identify your current skillset, recognise the skills you may be lacking, and provide actionable examples of how to improve these and meet employer’s demands.

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

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

  • Have recognised the best methods of creating an organised and creative environment to manage tasks and time efficiently using CRM software, scheduling and other methods.
  • Have a clear understanding of how to communicate effectively within a professional team and have the basic skills to lead a digital meeting.
  • Have identified your strengths and gained an understanding of how to exercise these to the best standard, as well as weaknesses and the most effective actions to improve on these.

CULTURAL MENTORS

A UNIQUE WAY TO SHARE CULTURES

You will be partnered with a ‘Cultural Mentor’, who will help you to increase your cultural awareness.

  • Schedule one audio or video call each week.
  • We provide you with a weekly theme (e.g. festivals/traditions, food music/arts etc.) to discuss and share knowledge and experiences in relation to your respective home country cultures
  • Share what you have learned each week in your ‘Cultural Journal’ as part of you weekly check-in, with inclusions of videos, pictures etc. if you wish
  • Interact with your Cultural Mentor and wider community in online events and discussions

APPLY NOW

FUNDING MAY BE AVAILABLE FROM YOUR UNIVERSITY


Pagoda Placement Readiness Course – ASET Scholarships

To celebrate the launch of our Placement Readiness Course, Pagoda Projects are offering 50 full scholarships for students at ASET Member institutions.

ASET Members should apply on this page to be considered for scholarships on behalf of their students. We are awarding 10 scholarships each to 5 ASET member institutions on a competitive basis.

The course takes place during Semester 2 of the academic year 2021/22.

Please submit your application before the 11th October 2021.

…but why?!

Aligning to the #ASET21 theme ‘New Skills for a New World’, our comprehensive online course prepares students for the workplace: In-person, online or blended.

Pagoda welcomes any student onto the programme, regardless of their course and sector of the placement they’re due to undertake.

5

UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

50

TOTAL STUDENTS FROM THE SUCCESSFUL UNIVERSITIES

£295

COURSE VALUE (PER STUDENT) – FUNDED BY PAGODA

COURSE DETAILS

Each university will be able to offer 10 of their students the opportunity to complete this flexible Placement Readiness Course, which includes:

Weekly Live Events
and placement preparation workshops throughout the 3 month programme.

Access to 50+ Pagoda events
focusing on a variety of sectors and career/skills development topics.

All 4 Pagoda skills courses
focusing on improving cultural, digital, employability and work place basic skills.

Networking with our global community
via the Pagoda app

Full support
from the Pagoda team.

No payment will be required at any stage from either the university or the students. The course and opportunity is accessible for all!

Programme Start Date: 7th February 2022
Programme End Date: 13th May 2022

STEP 1
Submit an application below for Pagoda to consider your university and students for this funded opportunity.

STEP 2
Pagoda will be in touch to confirm your application is received and then again in early December to confirm the outcome of your application.

STEP 3
If selected, Pagoda will provide a digital marketing pack for the university partners to promote the opportunity and assist with the recruitment for the programme.

STEP 4
Once the universities have selected their 10 students to take part, we will onboard them to the digital world of Pagoda and outline how to access the course content.

STEP 5
At the end of the programme, Pagoda will request detailed feedback from each student and share the findings with the university partners, outlining specific competency skills gains by taking part.

ELIGIBILITY

ELIGIBILITY: ALL ASET MEMBER UNIVERSITIES CAN APPLY. PREFERNCE WILL BE GIVEN TO #ASET21 ATTENDEES.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11th OCTOBER 2021

Submit your application below by 12pm 11th October. Pagoda Projects will review all applications and notify the 5 successful universities by early December 2021.

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