Proud mother Ellen FIshwick, BTEC Award winner Kirsty Fishwick and Peter Jones Enterprise Academy lecturer Jill Campbell

On International Women's Day (8 Mar) We Are On The Hunt For Aspiring Young Female Entrepreneurs

Thu, 2002-03-07 00:00

The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy (PJEA) at East Durham College is on the hunt for aspiring young female entrepreneurs in County Durham to unleash their potential and go for it in business.

Set against the backdrop of International Women’s Day, the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy is today launching a nationwide search for Britain’s budding female entrepreneurs.

With the current ratio of male: female students across the Academy network at 60:40, the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy at East Durham College is calling on the young women of County Durham to consider a career in business and help close the national gender gap.

Alice Barnard, Chief Executive of the Peter Jones Foundation, the organisation, which runs the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, commented:

“Events like International Women’s Day remind us that while as a society we have come a long way, there is still plenty for us to do to ensure women are not under-represented. With just 29 per cent* of the UK’s self-employed being women, we need to be doing more in Britain to help young women go for it in business.

“At the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy we are immensely proud of the impact we have had on young women across the country and there are some fantastic examples of successful female business leaders who have completed our courses. But there is still work to be done to ensure that women are given the best chances of success. That is why we are calling on the young women of County Durham to unlock their hidden potential and realise their business ambitions.”

PJEA lecturer at East Durham College Jill Campbell is proud that her Academy currently boats a 50:50 split, but is very keen to encourage more female applications for the next intake this September.

Jill said: “We have some really strong girls on the course this year and the dynamic between the boys and girls on the course is great. They all get on really well and spark ideas off each other all the time.

“But it’s really important that the girls out there at are leaving school in the summer consider business and enterprise as an option at college, and the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy is a fantastic way to help develop your skills in business and enterprise and if you have a business idea it’s a great way to get that off the ground.”

The College run their Peter Jones Enterprise Academy at their Peterlee Campus. For more details, please call 0191 518 8222.