Lagos-based international Graduate School, Centre for International Advanced and Professional Studies (CIAPS) has launched a “Study Now Pay Later” scheme to help graduates in need of skills to enhance their professional careers.
The scheme is part of the Centre’s plan to help graduates get jobs in their chosen career.
In a statement posted on the Centre’s website www.ciaps.org and confirmed by the Centre Director Prof Anthony Kila, the scheme is aimed at helping more graduates participate in the CIAPS OBE Programmes.
The programmes according to Prof Kila, “are Outcome-based Educational programmes built on research and the inputs we get from dynamic organisations about their recruitment needs as well as their employment and development strategies”.
A major aim of the programme is to address the employability of many graduates and young people.
Rather than focusing on just theory and academic curriculum, CIAPS is working with businesses and other various kinds of organisations and employers to establish what kind of graduates these organisations and employers need, and what skills/ knowledge these graduates should possess. This way graduates will be training for a real job and career rather than just for a certificate
Kila noted that meaningful professional education is quite expensive and findings have revealed that a lot of potentially capable and academically bright graduates are being excluded from opportunities of getting required professional skills because of their inability to pay for professional studies.
With this scheme, the first of its kind in Africa, interested graduates will get the opportunity of paying only a part of the tuition fees before starting a programme and then pay the rest only when they start working.
The new “Study Now Pay Later” for Fast-track professional programme for graduates starts 24 March 2017, they will last about three months and the main areas of study are in Media and Journalism, Business Administration, Production and Operations Management, Business Development, Project Management, Event Management, Banking and Finance, Graduate Diploma for Senior PAs Executive Assistants, Education
Applicants for these courses are required to have a first degree or equivalent (Bachelors, HND). Having a good grade is a major advantage.
Applicants without such qualifications may apply, but their applications will be subject to a more complex process and they will be required to demonstrate their ability to successfully follow the programme.
In all cases, applicants will be tested by CIAPS through written assessments and verbal interview.