Could you be the next big high street entrepreneur?

Published: May 26, 2021

Telford College is helping to deliver a new Masters course in business, which is designed to create the high street entrepreneurs of the future.

One hundred free places on the three-week Futures MBA course are being offered to young people in Telford as part of a drive to address the decline of the high street.

The course, which begins on June 7, is to be delivered by Wrekin College in partnership with Telford College and one of the town’s largest employers, Capgemini, and is sponsored by Telford & Wrekin Council.

It is open to youngsters aged 15 to 18 – the age group which has had its key exam years disrupted by the pandemic and national lockdowns.

Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday May 26. Apply atMBA plan | Telford College www.wrekincollege.com/futures-mba/7705542.html

Beckie Bosworth, Telford College’s employer engagement manager, said: “The three-week course will offer essential employability skills, and has been designed to mirror best practice in business school MBAs.

“Everyone taking part will also get a CV-enhancing experience led by industry leaders and university-level lecturers, and will be supported throughout by high profile mentors.”

Youngsters from across Telford are now being invited to apply for a free place, with prizes also up for grabs for top performers across a variety of disciplines.

There will be a graduation ceremony at the end of the three-week course with an event also planned to help young people network with key employers and showcase their business ideas.

Donna Irving, director of the Wrekin College Business School, has designed the MBA programme in conjunction with Ian Cornelius from Aston University in Birmingham.

She said it was a ‘natural fit’ to work together with Telford College, given its strong focus on apprenticeships and employability, and its links with local businesses.

She said: “We are all too aware of how the jobs market has changed in recent years and the pandemic has only added to what is a tough environment for young people.

“There is a growing trend now among A Level students to consider alternatives to university while even those who are committed to that path want to ensure they have access to employability skills and not just traditional academic qualifications.

“We feel this immersive business course will encourage entrepreneurial thinking and will be a vital tool in helping youngsters to really get ahead in the jobs market, showcase employability skills, and demonstrate that they have some real-life experience of how a workplace operates outside of the classroom.

“This will show them and a potential employer how they can make a real impact wherever they go to work. It’s a real link between academic thought leadership and how businesses actually operate in the real world.”

  • Apply for the Futures MBA course HERE