College Takes Centre Stage

Mon, 28/02/2000 - 00:00

Hundreds of young budding entrepreneurs from across the North East have come together to showcase their enterprising achievements, as part of a unique programme which helped transform their enterprising ideas into working businesses.


Over 200 students from 40 schools and colleges across the region took part in ‘Celebration Enterprise’ at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday 30th June to exhibit, network and share their enterprise success as part of RTC North’s Post 16 Enterprise Project– a 12 month initiative, which provided 16-19 students with funding and support to develop and experience running their own businesses.


As part of the day’s event, local businesses, delivery partners and guests were treated to project demonstrations ranging from Designer Hoody’s, Fashion Jewellery, Designer Cards and International Fair Trade Social Enterprises.


East Durham College Foundation Degree Music students took centre stage by providing special live performances to showcase their musical abilities and successful enterprising live music show.


Mike Hawkins, Enterprise Senior Specialist at One North East, said: “I was blown away by the creativity that was on show at the Stadium of Light. NE-PES Post 16 has been a great success, with the number of students participating in the programme surpassing all of our expectations. There is a clear passion for business here in the region.”


Ray Sharp, Enterprise Co-ordinator at East Durham College, added: “East Durham College has proved once again to be outstanding in its uptake of the enterprise agenda. The students from our performing arts and land based studies provisions have excelled today, and really demonstrated a flavour of our budding entrepreneurs”.

Funded by One North East and managed by RTC North, NE-PES Post 16 involved 20,000 young participants from 54 schools and colleges across the region. A total of 359 mini ‘in school’ or ‘in college’ enterprises were created as a result, with the remaining businesses also providing services directly to their local communities.