It’s the end of the academic year and the IOE&IT’s graduate class of 2020 is emerging with plaudits ringing in their ears.
In a congratulatory email to graduates last week, sent on the day when the awarding ceremony would have taken place at London’s Mansion House, IOE&IT director general Marco Forgione outlined how timely their qualifications are:
“The impact of Covid-19 highlights the value and importance of the skills you will have developed on your course,” he wrote. “These skills will be essential to helping businesses recover.”
Unlike university graduates entering the workforce for the first time, facing an uphill task to get that first step on the career ladder, the future for these working graduates is much more certain.
Here Claire, Craig and Sally outline what they took from their courses, ahead of receiving their IOE&IT Graduation Certificate at a ceremony later this year.
STUDENT ONE: CLAIRE HAMILTON MCIPS
Who: Claire Hamilton, logistics director EMEAR, Terex
What course: Diploma in World Customs Compliance and Regulations
Best thing about the course: “Throughout the whole course I was really impressed with the practical knowledge of the lecturers – not just theoretical but applied to real situations as well. Another good aspect was the course being online, with flexibility on the period for study (I did it over two years).
STUDENT TWO: CRAIG GREEN
Who: Craig Green, export finance manager, UK Export Finance
What course: Level 5 Diploma in International Trade
STUDENT THREE: SALLY BRISTOW
Who: Sally Bristow, sales administration manager, Diamond Hard Surfaces Ltd
What course: Degree apprenticeship
Best thing about the course: “I thoroughly enjoyed the learning experience and found the course content engaging and relevant to the organisation in which I work. The tutors all work in their given field and therefore brought a practical application of the theory.