News from the GDC

24 June 2011

New GDC Staff Newsletter Available

The GDC has produced a new staff newsletter specifically to keep colleagues up to date with the latest news from the centre and developments with the WoW Programme and WoW Skills Certificate.  The newsletter will be produced on a quarterly basis and can be opened by clicking here

The direct link to view a PDF of the newsletter can be found by clicking here

Royal College of Nursing backs WoW Programme

Terry Dray, Director of the GDC recently met Geraldine Cunningham, Head of the Royal College of Nursing Learning and Development Institute.  The RCN is the world’s largest professional nursing union and the pair met to discuss nursing matters and the LJMU WoW Programme.

Terry commented: “As WoW is co-designed and co-delivered with employers, professional bodies and trade unions, it’s been so useful to get such valuable feedback from an organisation like the RCN.  They have completely understood how we are trying to support our student nurses through the WoW Programme and have agreed to support us in a number of ways, for example by providing WoW Skills Certificate verifiers, allowing the GDC to run a session on WoW/employability at the RCM congress 2012, and assisting with WoW promotional activities featuring Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive & General Secretary of the RCN.”

Dr Peter carter said: “The RCN values the focus on emotional skills developed through the WoW Skills Certificate.  Nursing is about caring for people when they are often at their most vulnerable and can often be a job that asks people to go above and beyond for those in need.  The experience of nursing students can be enhanced by completing the WoW Skills Certificate and will really improve their chances of securing a job when they finish their course.”

LJMU’s Vacancy Website

Are you looking for a placement, internship, work experience, research project or graduate job vacancy?  Then check out the latest opportunities on LJMU’s Vacancy Website.  There are hundreds of opportunities currently listed with over 1000 employers registered and using the site.

The site is free for LJMU students and graduates and provides another potential route to employment in a challenging jobs market.

Visit to register and start using the site.

Organisations unanimous in their support of WoW and graduate skills

At a recent meeting of Sports Governing Bodies and Local Authorities brokered by the Graduate Development Centre (GDC) Brokerage Team and colleagues at ECL, the organisations in attendance were asked to complete a simple questionnaire about graduate skills and WoW skills.

Twenty organisations completed the questionnaire, including Snowsport England, Lancashire FA, Liverpool City Council, British Wrestling Association, English Federation of Disability Sport and British Rowing.

The responses were emphatically in favour of LJMU’s approach to employability through the WoW Programme:

  • 100% rated the WoW skills (Self Awareness, Organisational Awareness and Making Things Happen) as either very important or important
  • 100% rated graduate skills as either very important or important

Other important desired attributes/skills cited were reliability, enthusiasm, motivation, adaptability and commitment.

For more information about the GDC, WoW Programme or WoW Skills Certificate visit

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