(L-R) NETPark enterprise manager Gary Chaplin, NETPark Manager Janet Todd with East Durham College I.T. Students Mark Miller, Marcin Stemplewski, Cameron Snaith-Cairns, Toni Hunter and lecturer Sarah Walt

Students Use Initiative at NETPark

Tue, 2001-10-30 00:00

Yesterday students studying I.T. courses at East Durham College visited the North East Technology Park in Sedgefield.

The students visited NETPark aiming to learn how to become more innovative with their business ideas.

The students learnt about the Park and what products are being developed on the site, before taking on different group tasks which included coming up with their own business ideas and how those ideas could be funded.

NETPark is one of the UK’s premier science parks and provides science and technology companies with access to a focused community where talent can flourish, ideas are generated and businesses have the support and resources to compete with the best in the world.

College Lecturer Sarah Walt believed the day was a success and really helped the students think more about how businesses work and the tasks that need undertaking when starting a business.

Sarah said: “Today’s visit was really worthwhile for the students. They really engaged with the tasks they were given.

“I feel that the students have certainly taken something from today and understand how simple ideas can turn into big businesses.”

Catherine Johns, Innovation and Business Growth Director at Business Durham which manages NETPark on behalf of Durham County Council, commented: “Visits like these are an essential part of what we do – today’s students are tomorrow’s entrepreneurial engineers and scientists and it is important to showcase the job opportunities being created here at NETPark for their future.”