DRAGON’S Den star Peter Jones is helping Sunderland College prepare a new generation of entrepreneurs.
The college has been granted “hub” status by the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy and will introduce new qualifications designed by Mr Jones, which focus on enterprise and entrepreneurship, key skills the Government believes will lead to economic growth.
College principal Angela O’Donoghue, said: “The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy is a really exciting initiative that teaches business skills in a truly practical sense. These courses will allow students to learn from the very best.
“Students can enrol now for courses starting in September and we expect demand for places to be high as Sunderland College will be one of only 35 centres across the country to offer the courses.”
Previously students from the region have been forced to travel to Manchester to take the courses that teach the skills needed to start a small business.
Angela said: “We will be working alongside the BIC (Business Innovation Centre) in Sunderland, which plays host to around 120 small businesses. Here students will receive support and will have access to premises, facilities and advice to help shape their business plan from their innovation support specialist.
“We want to make it as easy as possible for young entrepreneurs to develop their ideas and help them grow to become fully-fledged businesses contributing to the local and national economy.”
Students who complete the course will gain a BTEC Diploma in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at levels two and three with the level three award equivalent to two A-Levels.
To find out more about the courses and to enrol, or if you are an employer who would like to get involved, the college is holding an Enterprise open event on Tuesday, March 27, from 5pm.
For full details visit www.citysun.ac.uk/pjea or call 511 6000.