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OUR SKILLS COURSES ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE ON A PAY WHAT YOU CAN BASIS

In line with our core value of inclusivity, we want to help improve the intercultural fluency, digital competency and employability of every student and recent graduate. We don’t want money to be a barrier, so our courses are available at whatever price you can afford.

We’ve designed these fun and engaging online courses for students who are looking to enhance their future prospects. Each course is flexible enough to plan around your busy lifestyle, take them at your own pace and in your own time!

COURSE DETAILS

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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:

 

By the end of this course, students 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 their skillset and examples which can later be adapted
  • Be more self-aware and understand the 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 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:

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

  • Have an up-to-date LinkedIn profile and know how best to use this to their 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 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:

By the end of this course, students 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 their 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.

HOW IT WORKS

STEP 1

Click ‘register now’ and complete the short registration form, log in to your profile and click each course to buy access on a Pay What You Can basis.

STEP 2

Complete each course in your own time, saving any progress you make throughout the course.

STEP 3

Once you’ve completed a specific course from the range, you will automatically be sent a Pagoda certificate of completion for you to share on your LinkedIn profile and save for future use!

WHY DID WE CREATE THESE COURSES?

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 LinkedIn-ready certificate is provided following each completed course.

Why are these courses 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.

Placement Year

Paid Positions in Taiwan

6-12 MONTH PAID INTERNSHIPS & GRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES

Welcome to our ground-breaking full year paid placement programme in Taipei.

Alongside the minimum working hours required to accredit the placement, Pagoda Projects works to ensure placements fulfill academic requirements and workplace health & safety standards. You would be paid a monthly salary and receive unrivaled pre-departure and on-place support from Pagoda Project’s experienced team.

PROGRAMME DETAILS

CURRENCY APPROXIMATIONS

£2,900 GBP/ $5,500 NZD / $5,000 AUD / $4.500 CAD / $3,500 USD / $5,000 SGD

If travel insurance is required please add

£900 GBP/ $1,700 NZD/ $1,500 AUD/ $1,400 CAD/ $1,100 USD/ $1,500 SGD

PROGRAMME TIMELINE

There’s no official deadline to apply by, with the programme running all year-round!

Our programmes start and finish any time of the year, just get in touch with your preference and we can build a the specific around your requirements.

The salary during the role in Taipei depends on the amount you’re able to negotiate with the host company, but a you’re always guaranteed the national minimum wage, which is approximately £600 per month.

VISA ELIGIBILITY

Only a select number of countries have an agreement with Taiwan to offer the appropriate visa for our programme
and therefore we can only welcome applications from students & graduates who hold a passport from:

  • Australia 
  • Austria
  • Belgium 
  • Canada 
  • Czech Republic 
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary 
  • Ireland 
  • Luxembourg 
  • New Zealand
  • Slovakia 
  • South Korea
  • The Netherlands
  • United Kingdom

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FAQs

Yes. As with all Pagoda Projects programmes, you will know exactly how much you will be paid, interview with the placement company and confirm your placement before committing to the programme. The salary for Taipei placements will easily cover living expenses (rent, food etc).This usually depends on the placement company – Most of our partner companies don’t require any Chinese language skills though.
As you will be living in Taipei for a while, we do encourage you to do some self learning of the basics though to help you settle in.

There is no set application deadline, however, places are limited and will be arranged on a first-come, first-served basis

For the Taipei programme you will be issued a working holiday visa. Pagoda Projects will guide you through the visa application process and help you register in Taipei. The cost of the visa application fee will be refunded upon programme completion.

Please note that the application fee refund does not include any other other costs associated with the visa application. Certain nationalities may be required to pay for health checks, criminal records/background checks, notorization costs, additional costs for expedited services or travel or postage required in order to successfully obtain a Taiwan Visa.

Pagoda Projects can not be held accountable for the outcome of your visa application nor can we cover any fees, visa application or otherwise, should your visa application be unsuccessful and you do not complete a programme with us. If you have any questions about acquiring a Working Holiday Visa please let us know.Yes, this is listed in the table above. The fee includes comprehensive support from Pagoda Projects throughout the placement, all visa fees, travel & health insurance plus much more!

Our Taipei placements are full time, so you will work roughly 40 hours per week. Monday to Friday
We are currently offering placements in the Business, Design, Education, Engineering, Finance, HR, Hospitality, IT, Law, Logistics, Marketing, Media, Sales and Translation sectors.
We’re continually adding new partner companies and looking to increase the diverse range of roles we offer, so look through the listings again in the near future if you feel none of the positions are suitable at this time.

THE DESTINATION

TAIPEI

Taipei is the capital city of Taiwan, located in the north of the island, only a short metro ride away from the beach. The city is home to around 3 million people and one of the tallest buildings in the world (Taipei 101). Free wifi throughout the city, one of the best transportation systems and amazing street food… no wonder Taiwan wIns the top country in the world for best quality of life every year!

PLACEMENT POSITIONS

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Generation UK - China

Generation UK 2022

GENERATION UK

FUNDED ONLINE INTERNSHIP IN CHINA

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 internship placements with companies based in 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 internship programme and does not involve travel to China.

DEVELOP YOUR SECTOR, TIME & PROJECT MANAGEMENT SKILLS

GAIN INTERNATIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR HOME

LEARN CROSS CULTURAL COMMUNICATION

PROGRAMME DETAILS | DATES | ELIGIBILITY | INTERNSHIPS | DIGITAL COMPONENTS | APPLY

PROGRAMME DETAILS

An 8 week online internship (20 – 40 hours per week) in the sector of your choice in one of our host companies based in Mainland China.

Be paired with a cultural mentor from China to learn more about Chinese culture, history & language.

Weekly live virtual events all themed on improving skills, cultural understanding & employability.

Complete Pagoda’s online Skills Courses focusing on improving your employability, cultural fluency and digital skills, to prepare you for the working world!

Join our global network of students and graduates completing various Pagoda programmes from around the world.

Dedicated support at the touch of a button through the Pagoda Projects APP to assist you throughout the internship.

Enjoy all the benefits of being a Pagoda Alumni member with a dedicated Linkedin group & hear about job opportunities first!

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?

The online internships are fully funded. 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

Monday 5th September 2022 – Friday 28th October 2022

All the online internships are either part- or full-time positions, Monday-Friday. The exact number of working hours each week will differ slightly between the different host companies to choose from and you can choose the duration best for you.

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: 15th JULY 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 booking form, pay the refundable deposit and we’ll introduce you to matching companies to consider for your internship.

PROGRAMME DETAILS | ELIGIBILITY | INTERNSHIPS | DIGITAL COMPONENTS | APPLY

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 if studying in Scotland

  Have achieved, or be on track to achieve, a 2:1 degree

  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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INTERNSHIPS

  • Company Sector

  • Destination

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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 15th OF JULY 2022

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Internship Reference of Joe & Melissa in Chengdu

Name: Melissa Pilgrim and Joe Cooper-Millar
Nationality: British
Destination: Chengdu
Accommodation: Apartment
Programme details: 2 months, I.T. internship
University: University of Sheffield and University of Sussex
Year: 2016

During her internship, Melissa learned many new I.T. related skills among other transferable skills.

“I’ve gained a lot of transferable skills and I’ve developed my communication skills. I learned a lot about using photoshop and WeChat.”

This was Joe’s first time in China, and after his positive experience he is keen to encourange people to come out to China to see for themselves!

“I’d never come to China before. I’ve learned to love it. I love it here now and I definitely want to come back![…] I’ve literally been telling all my friends “make sure you do [an internship] next year!””

If you’re interested in discovering the real China whilst gaining transferable skills, why not APPLY NOW?

Nadia’s InternChina Office Internship in Zhuhai

After weeks of planning and preparation I have finally made it to China and am living the Zhuhai dream with InternChina.

It has only been two days but I feel like I have adjusted well to the easy-going and relaxed pace of life in Zhuhai. This includes meeting new people, enjoying the tropical temperatures and the constant supply of DELICIOUS food, I definitely think I could get used to this life… 

InternChina Zhuhai Intern Seafood Dinner
InternChina Seafood Dinner

Having recently graduated from the University of Sheffield in Chinese Studies and Business Management I was in a situation, familiar amongst most graduates, where I was trying to figure out what my next steps were.

In my second year, spending a year abroad in China opened my eyes to whole new wealth of experiences and challenges that I will never forget. So the opportunity to once again return to this beautiful country to test and stretch myself was the most obvious decision.

InternChina Zhuahai Office members
InternChina Zhuhai Office members

So far, my short time here interning with InternChina has been fast paced and very involved. From day one there were events to organise, blog posts to write and new programmes to understand and use. It has been tiring but I won’t ask for anything less. I am learning a lot and look forward to embracing new opportunities and challenges along the way!

Come along to Zhuhai and challenge yourself by applying here!

Deepak’s Business Internship in Zhuhai

 

deepak

 

IC TEAM: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where do you come from, what are your interests?

My name is Deepak and I come from Gran Canaria, Spain. I was undertaking an undergraduate BA course in Business and Marketing in Sheffield, UK and in my third year I had the opportunity to undertake a placement year. I didn’t even think twice about it; I really wanted to go to China to embrace myself in a diverse culture and learn how business is being conducted in China. I undertook my internship year from 2012-2013 and before I left China I was already offered a full time employment position for after my final year at university. In the internship year, I attended Chinese lessons every morning and in the evenings I used to work for six hours. My main drive and interests at the minute are to learn as much as possible and figure things out that will make my development and professional life much more valuable.

IC TEAM: What was the reason you wanted to do the graduate traineeship? Why did you choose to come to China, and Zhuhai for that matter?

I really wanted to come back to Zhuhai and China mainly to live the experience of how a Chinese city that is growing every year is about to boom. As we all know, The HK-Macau Bridge will be ready by the end of next year and it will be connecting with the only Mainland China city, Zhuhai. I thought this could be a great opportunity for me to see how quickly a city can grow in China, especially as I have already been there in 2012. Work-wise I was getting hold of strong clients for the company which I definitely wanted to continue handling and slowly build up a solid portfolio where I can show facts. It´s really cool to be able to say that you have been to China however people are interested in hearing about performances and results.

IC TEAM: What kind of tasks did you get up to over the course of your graduate traineeship?

During my internship period the main goal was to learn as much as possible. This also included gaining some insights in Mandarin Chinese and to travel as much as possible across the country. In relation to working, I was given a strong responsibility of managing the Spanish speaking market for the company which made me feel valued. This is what internships do, they prepare yourself to be exposed to the working life and set you up to a bright career. There is no better place than conducting an internship in China. Normally they are really easy to apply for, get compared to the West and the value this could have in the future of your career could be life changing!

IC TEAM: What was your best experience here so far?

One of the best experiences I have had in China during my internship period was definitely the trips with IC to places like Xiamen, Zhangjiajie and Guilin. These places are probably the best scenic places in China and it was exciting how we could get buses from Zhuhai to other close by provinces in matter of 10-15 hours. It’s definitely a remarkable experience that I will never forget! Work-wise I had the one of the best years ever under my supervising manager at my company. His working ethics and management styles were technically sound. This was one of the main reasons I wanted to come back. I wanted to make sure my skillsets were as flawless as his. This is what China offer people starting from scratch; the possibility to interact with other people from different cultures and create lifetime bonds. Very inspiring!

IC Team: What’s it like working in China?

I love working in China due to the fact that I have so many things to do every day and I keep learning new aspects about business in China, which drives me to continue my stay in China longer. I believe working in China has developed my passion for my job and to be involved in trading and Chinese business. I consider people to be really lucky to find a passion at an early age. I don’t mind working long hours as I am always confident that all this hard work will be paid off sooner or later.

IC Team: Tell us a bit about your role and responsibilities?

My current role is Senior Account Manager and my main responsibilities are as follows:

– Manage a solid number of existing clients for the company.

– Turn hot leads and new requests into long-term clients.

– Project management: manage every request that turns into an order in terms of quality standards (making sure that defects are kept low), production time and arranging the logistical side.

– Sourcing promotional products/gifts from factories in China.

– Prospecting within main Spanish speaking countries and Australia / UK.

– Undertaking factory visits and quality controls within factories in South China.

– Develop a solid marketing strategy that will enable the company to gain more sales in different global markets and identify strong potentials for next FY.

– Responsibility on managing main online marketing platforms (Twitter accounts, Word Press Blogs) which in the long run will drive traffic to the website through improvement on SEO Rankings.

– Interview new candidates for marketing and sales position for the company

IC Team: How do you feel when you have new interns at your company?

When we get new interns in the company it makes me think about everything I have gone through during the last couple of years, and how amazing it was when I first came to China. They say that people always fall in love with the first city they live in China. This is my case. Zhuhai is absolutely incredible and so well situated in the south of Guangdong. It is always great to have new interns coming to a company as they provide us with fresh ideas that can be implemented in business processes, and certainly can help us with our daily tasks. At the same time they are getting a valuable experience from our existing processes which are always important.

IC Team: What are your plans for the future?

Short term, I would like to get hold of the HSK certificate. This is the only international certificate for Chinese Mandarin recognised worldwide for foreigners. I definitely think this will provide me with more options in the future and especially if I want to stay in China in the future.

IC TEAM: For future interns, what would be your recommendations?

My recommendations for future interns would be to set a goal of learning as much as possible from every single person inside their allocated company. The people who are managing you have gone through pretty much the same experience you are about to have, and they know where they can help you develop in every single aspect. I would also recommend making sure that you are busy every single day, no matter what, you can be traveling, working, learning Chinese, and interacting with new people. Just make sure you have something to do and of course to have time for yourself. Use your internship year successfully and you will achieve bigger results! Learn new things every day, ask without hesitation, and figure things out!

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