9 BTC Students Participate in Pilot Program on Employability Skills with the Experience Accelerator Start-up

April 14, 2019

According to the BAYT 2018 Middle East Skills Report, 71% of professionals in Bahrain believe there is a skills gap in the MENA region. Companies reported having difficulty in recruiting graduates with relevant skills, particularly noting a lack of relevant work experience. In order to address this weakness, the University of Bahrain is seeking to develop a scheme that establishes a culture of life-long autonomous skill development and focuses attention on the requirements of employers.

The University of Bahrain and The Experience Accelerator, an innovative education technology startup based in Bahrain, partnered on a pilot scheme with a group of final year teacher training students to evaluate the impact of their approach for soft skills development. The topic areas of focus were delivery effective feedback and coaching. The program was led in the BTC by Dr. Lucy Bailey, Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Studies, who said, "Over the course of the programme, every student saw a 40-80% increase in their skill level in these key areas. With the introduction of this programme, the BTC and the UoB are ensuring that our students match the skills of graduates from the top universities worldwide."

Nine students from the Bahrain Teaching College were selected to participate in the pilot. In the program, each student participated in video role plays, completed online learning requirements, and analyzed personal feedback on coaching performance. Mr. Ahmed Moosa, a Year 4 student in the Department of English, indicated that the program gave him new skills in active listening, which he felt would be extremely useful as a teacher. Mr. Ahmed Tarish, another Year 4 student in the Department of English, called it “a delightful experience, as we got to practice using our newly acquired coaching skills in online sessions with professional tutors.” Ms. Muneera Khaled, also a Year 4 student in the Department of English, said “I think that the soft skills I developed during this course are extremely important to shape the leaders of tomorrow.”
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