Lecturer Jill Campbell with the new Peter Jones Enterprise Academy Students

Dragons Start On New Course In Peterlee

Mon, 2001-09-24 01:00

East Durham College are delighted to welcome their first cohort of students to their newly launched Peter Jones Enterprise Academy.

The College boasts the only approved Peter Jones Enterprise Academy in County Durham and yesterday the College opened its doors to the next generation of local entrepreneurs.

Curriculum Director for Service Industries at the 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; working with local and national business people as well as starting up and running their own micro business.”

Course lecturer Jill Campbell added: “We are very excited to get the course started, it is a unique opportunity for the students to obtain real business skills for the real world.

“Not only will students who successfully complete the one year course gain a qualification equivalent to 2 A Levels they will get to go to the exciting national graduation ceremony attended by Peter Jones.”

Seven students have enrolled at the new Academy so far. Magdalena Idaszewska, 18, from Seaham, added: “I joined the Academy because it is a great opportunity for me to live my dream of becoming a successful businesswoman.”

The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy is also an innovative way for local business people to work alongside young people in the community to help them hone the skills needed to thrive in the competitive business environment.

If you’d like to find out more about joining the Academy or how you and your business can get involved and support the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy please call 0191 518 8222.