TIGHS pupils are first to graduate from innovative Mini MBA programme

Friday 14th July saw 10 TIGHS pupils celebrated for their achievements in an innovative research work experience programme.

The Mini MBA programme has been piloted in our school, and supported by Darwen soft furnishings manufacturer Herbert Parkinson, Blackburn Rovers Community Trust and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.

Mo Isap, named North West Enterprise Advisor of the Year recently, devised the programme together with University of Central Lancashire, Inspira who deliver the Enterprise Adviser Network in Lancashire, and TIGHS staff.

The day of the girls’ graduation, Friday 14th July, was also Employability Day, a national celebration focusing on employability skills and the importance of developing them within young people and adults.

“Our guiding principle at TIGHS is for our young women to achieve educational excellence, have high aspirations and benefit from outstanding opportunities.  The programme has certainly enriched our students with all of these prospects,” said Asia Ali, our Assistant Principal.

The mini MBA focuses on the skills, experience and qualifications required by leading employers and prestigious universities. Students gain the expertise and opportunities of work experience but with the added advantage of boosting their academic skills through an individual research project connected to their career interests.

“To see this mini MBA in action has been amazing,” said Kay Vaughan, Enterprise Co-Ordinator for Inspira. “This programme reflects the vision, drive and partnerships we are looking for within the Enterprise Adviser Network.”

TIGHS pupils Aisha, Maryam and Hafsa spent time on work experience placements at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust as part of their Mini MBA programmes

What makes the Tauheedul Mini MBA similar to a full MBA is that students get first-hand knowledge and insight into what happens in the boardrooms of major organisations in Lancashire as well as liaising with key figures within these organisations.  They spend a week on a work placement with an organisation or company, where they gather the information for their individual research project. They later present their findings to the senior management of the placement organisation.

Ayah Shah, a Year 12 pupil at TIGHS, has completed the qualification. She said, “The mini MBA has truly offered us a valuable opportunity. It has been an eye-opening experience where we were able to combine both the practical and theory aspects of business and gain a variety of transferable skills that will help transition us from secondary education to the world of work.”

Students will be able to submit their final report and presentation and receive an additional qualification called the AQA Extended Project Qualification. This is recognised as a high-value qualification by universities and carries additional UCAS points.

MP for Blackburn, Kate Hollern, was a guest at TIGHS for our pupils’ Mini MBA graduation on Friday 14 July. Kate Hollern MP commented, “It is vital that young people engage in activities which fully prepare them for the world of work. Congratulations to all the students who have taken part, and thank you to the partners who have made this possible. The Mini MBA will undoubtedly prove to be a very valuable qualification as these pupils continue their education and training journey. It was a pleasure to be present at the girls’ graduation.”

Added By: Tauheedul Girls | Date Added: 20th Jul 2017 | Posted In:

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