New Dragon’s Den college opens for entrepreneurs of the future

East Durham College lecturer Jill Campbell (right) with Peter Jones Academy students Alison Mackel, Magdalena Idaszewske, Kirsty Fisher, Agnieszka Zaborniak, Nathan Newton and Craig RobsonPicture by Frank Reid

East Durham College lecturer Jill Campbell (right) with Peter Jones Academy students Alison Mackel, Magdalena Idaszewske, Kirsty Fisher, Agnieszka Zaborniak, Nathan Newton and Craig RobsonPicture by Frank Reid

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A NEW academy has opened its doors to the business “dragons” of the future.

The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, part of East Durham College, has taken its first students who are all hoping to be the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Named after the star of Dragons’ Den, The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy aims to build a network of colleges to unleash entrepreneurial talent.

Curriculum director for service industries at the Peterlee-based college, Andrea Finkel-Gates, said: “Developing new business and enterprise in Peterlee is crucial to the continued growth and prosperity of the region.

“Students at the academy will follow an exciting programme of learning that combines academic study with real-life business challenges, as well as starting up and running their own micro-business.”

Course lecturer Jill Campbell said: “We are very excited to get the course started.

“It is a unique opportunity for the students to obtain real business skills.

“Not only will students who successfully complete the one-year course gain a qualification equivalent to two A-levels, they will get to go to the national graduation ceremony attended by Peter Jones.”

Magdalena Idaszewska, 18, from Seaham, said: “I joined because it is a great opportunity for me to live my dream of becoming a successful businesswoman.”

Anyone interested in joining, or any business which would like to get involved, should contact Andrea on 518 5544.

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