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Edge Hill University Students Take Employability To The Next Level with Microsoft Certification

Edge Hill University students boost their employability with Microsoft Certifications which are highly sought after by employers.
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Edge Hill University Students Take Employability To The Next Level with Microsoft Certification

130 first year students from the Department of Computer Science at Edge Hill University recently completed challenging Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification as part of their Professional Practice 1 module. Over the course of an afternoon students took MOS Word Certification which entails working on live Word projects to measure their competency in this vital office productivity tool.

Shirley Hunter-Barnett, Senior Lecturer in the Computer Science Department and Module Lead commented: “The Computer Science Department at Edge Hill offers several degree pathways, within which Professional Practice is one of the core modules. Most of our students will study this in their first year with us. As employability is at the heart of our teaching, as well as enabling our students to develop specialist subject expertise, we give them the opportunity to study for external certifications. For the first time, this year, we offered our first-year students, the chance to study for a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification. We are immensely proud of their results and are hopeful this will become an annual, fundamental part of our students first year accomplishments. Thus, helping them stand out to future employers, by showing they are proficient in Microsoft Office programmes, alongside their chosen area of degree study”.

Josh Taylor, Computer Science Undergraduate successfully completed his Word 365 exam also said: “When I complete my current degree, I hope to move onto a Masters with the ultimate aim of a career in university lecturing. Having the additional Microsoft certification to my name will not only help me to achieve these aims but the additional knowledge greatly helps me on my current course to produce a better standard of work. I would recommend any student who has an opportunity to take a MOS exam to do so without hesitation”.

Andrew Lenehan, Account Manager for Edge Hill at Prodigy Learning added: “It’s been a pleasure to be involved in this project, from a small-scale pilot last year with 10 students, to being on campus today helping to support over 130 students take their certification exam has been inspiring. Hearing directly from students how having Microsoft certification on their CV benefits them is fantastic and solidifies everything we do at Prodigy Learning. Proving skills and increasing employability is the reason that Prodigy Learning exists so it’s great to hear from students themselves how much they value the opportunity of certification that Edge Hill offer and of course, it’s always a pleasure to visit this beautiful campus!

Edge Hill University originally opened in the Edge Hill area of Liverpool in 1885 as Edge Hill College and was the first non-denominational teacher training college for women in England. This year the university celebrates the 90th anniversary of the opening of its prestigious Ormskirk campus having come a long way since those early days. Now offering a full range of undergraduate and Post Graduate courses. Edge Hill University was ranked in the top 35 universities in the Guardian University Guide 2024 in the UK and top 4 in the North West in the – Complete University Guide 2024 rankings. Additionally achieving Gold for Student Experience, Silver for Student Outcomes, Silver Overall in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2023.

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification is the world’s most recognised computing qualification. Proving a person’s skills and abilities in Microsoft’s Office applications. MOS training and certification is recognised by industry and demanded by employers worldwide. MOS certification gives individuals the ability to achieve professional success in diverse professional environments, including business and finance, healthcare, computer science and IT, engineering, and more. Find out more at Prodigy Learning – Microsoft.

Published on Wednesday, 3 Jul 2024

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