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Young Entrepreneur Recognised For VQ Day

Updated: 10/06/2015

The achievements of an inspirational former Sheffield College student have been recognised in a national roll of honour.

Young Entrepreneur Recognised For VQ Day

Pictured: Celebrity entrepreneur Peter Jones CBE

The achievements of an inspirational former Sheffield College student have been recognised in a national roll of honour.

Nathan Sansby, 22, is an ambitious young entrepreneur whose prospects turned around after he chose a vocational route to success. Now he is being recognised in the national VQ Day Digital Yearbook, as part of Vocational Qualifications Day today, Wednesday June 10th. Go to http://www.vqday.org.uk/yearbook.

Nathan said: “Going to college to do the enterprise qualification was a major turning point in my life. One of the biggest barriers I experienced prior to the course was trying to overcome the feeling that other people didn’t see potential in me.”

He added: “I wasn’t an academic high‑flyer at school, and felt as though people dismissed me. But upon completing the enterprise course and achieving two A* grades, along with establishing great business connections I felt empowered. Everything I have achieved since then was made possible by the experiences and knowledge I absorbed during the enterprise course. I couldn’t recommend it enough.”

VQ Day celebrates the achievements of students and the benefits of practical, technical and vocational learning and is led by the educational charity the Edge Foundation. Vocational courses teach students specific 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, and include apprenticeships and diplomas.

Nathan left school disappointed with his A Level grades. But he had no desire to retake them and go to university. He wanted to focus on the practical skills of setting up a business, or becoming more employable, instead. It was whilst he was walking to the gym near college that he trod on a flyer on the street advertising the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy at The Sheffield College.

The course equips young people with the skills and knowledge to either set up their own businesses, help them shine in an existing one, or go onto 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: “Education can change lives and Nathan's impressive story shows what a difference attending a college can make. I am immensely proud of Nathan's achievements as well as the support of our dedicated staff who inspire students on a daily basis.” 

Nathan completed the one year intensive BTEC Diploma in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Level 3 three years-ago at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy at The Sheffield College. It’s not too late to apply for full-time courses starting this September. Click here to find our more or call 0114 2602600.

As part of the course, Nathan completed a month's work experience in Sheffield with a software development company. On completion of the PJEA course Nathan arranged his own work experience abroad, then set up a social media marketing business, which he ran for a year.

Two years ago Nathan closed his business to join Felicitas Media, in Bolton, where he is Sales Director. The company is growing fast, increasing the number of staff from 19 to 147 during the last 18 months.

Nathan added: “I definitely made the right decision. If I’d gone to university I likely would have had a fun experience, but I’d also have racked up at least £25,000 of debt and delayed getting to the point where I am now. We keep our salaries fairly low as we are still investing the profits back into the business. We live and breathe the business. Felicitas Media is a young, fast growing tech company with ambitions that create an energetic playground of opportunity for all involved.”