Young entrepreneurs from Sheffield are applying for the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to Dragons’ Den star Peter Jones CBE.
Students enrolled with the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy at The Sheffield College are staking their claims to a place in the final of the organisation’s National Entrepreneur of the Year competition.
Six finalists will be selected from further education colleges across the country to present their business plans to Peter Jones and a panel of judges.
Students are completing the BTEC Diploma in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship that equips young people with the skills and knowledge to set up their own businesses, help them shine in an existing one, or go on to higher education.
Students work on real life business challenges and launch their own start-up as part of the course. Business specialists and entrepreneurs pass on advice and specialist knowledge. Learners also complete work placements.
Heather Smith, Principal, The Sheffield College, said: “Vocational courses like this one teach students specific work-related skills that give them a foot in the door to industry and a head start in their chosen career. They also prepare learners for further vocational study or university. I want to wish our enterprise students good luck for this competition.”
Peter Jones said: "The main reason for establishing the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy was to give young people the chance to make their dreams reality by providing an education in enterprise that wasn't available in Britain.”
He added: “A big part of my enterprise curriculum is based around what I call ‘learning by doing’, where students get the opportunity to develop business ideas and start a business for real as part of the course. They also get opportunities to present their ideas to potential investors. Our curriculum provides an identifiable link between learning and the real world of business. It is why initiatives like our National Entrepreneur of the Year competition are so important.”
The overall winner of the award will be announced at the academy’s annual summer graduation, where students from across the country come together to celebrate their achievements on the course. The winner will receive up to £5,000 investment prize money to help take their business to the next level.
The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy is a nationwide network of colleges that deliver specialist courses in enterprise and entrepreneurship. Click here for more information. For details about full-time courses starting at The Sheffield College this September, click here or call 0114 2602600.