University Camilo José Cela (UCJC) has opened 17 places of the new Expert University Course in Social and Job Skills Training, whose second edition will kick off next November. This nine-month scheme is aimed at young people between 18 and 29 with learning disabilities who wish to acquire the skills, tools and attitudes for the acquisition of skills for their personal and professional life. Interested students can apply before 1 November 2019.
This UCJC, following the close of the tender process with other universities, has been one of those selected by the ONCE Foundation, as Intermediary Body for the European Social Fund’s Operative Youth Employment Programme, through the call for funding for the development of training programmes for employment and university inclusion of young people with learning disabilities.
Following last year’s first edition, the number of credits for the 360-degree communications, entrepreneurship, ICT and active job search training subjects has been increased.
The scheme has also been reinforced with specific seminars related to creativity, leadership, disabled sport and emotional management.
Students participating in the scheme may also participate in the UCJC My Mentoring Experience, where university teaching staff and professionals will provide career’s guidance and job seeking advice to students for them to discover their vocation.
In its commitment to diversity, UCJC is committed to on-campus schemes and initiatives that foster social commitment for and with students.
An all-round training programme
The curriculum for the UCJC university course promotes all-round training centred on the person, in response to the 2010-2020 European Disability Strategy, which advocates for the need to implement training programmes that provide self-determination and improve the lives of people with learning disabilities and their families. The ultimate goal is to promote inclusion in university and work environments.
It consists of a total of 30 ECTS credits, of which 25 develop transversal social and job-related skills and the remaining five to the development of on-the-job training at collaborating entities. Last year’s students carried out work placement in companies such as Acción contra el Hambre, Mimuselina, LaLiga, El Parque de Atracciones de Madrid, Ikea or SEK Education Group.
The syllabus includes subjects including skills such as, developing students’ full potential (honesty, responsibility and discipline), self-knowledge, functional work skills, 360º communication, ICT, basic English at work, entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship or active search for professional opportunities.