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The new Peter Jones Enterprise Academy at Chesterfield College is encouraging budding entrepreneurs to join them to learn from the experts as enrolment opens for the new course which starts in September.

The academy at Chesterfield College will equip young people in the region with the practical skills and experience needed to excel in the working world.  Whether students are aspiring entrepreneurs or ready to make their mark within a growing business, the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy puts them on the fast track to success.

Students aged 16-19 can now enrol for the Level 2 and 3 BTEC courses through the academy. These business-led courses have a mission to unleash young people's entrepreneurial talent by giving them the opportunity to "learn by doing" on work experience placements, national enterprise challenge days and inspirational masterclass sessions. At the end of the Level 3 Course students attend a graduation with students from across the country and they have the opportunity to compete for National Entrepreneur of the Year presented by Peter Jones with a cash prize to boost their business.

The tailored courses, written by Peter Jones CBE in partnership with Edexcel, the UK’s largest educational awarding body, gives local students the opportunity to learn first-hand the essential skills needed for business success, allowing them to boost their confidence, business acumen and get a head start with improving their networking skills.

Stuart Cutforth, Principal at Chesterfield College said: “This is a really exciting addition to what we offer at college. It is fantastic to be able to give young entrepreneurs from in and around Chesterfield the ability to learn from the best in business.”

Peter Jones Foundation CEO Alice Barnard said: “We have always tried to bust the myth that entrepreneurs are born and not made. We firmly believe that valuable skills and know-how can and should be taught which is why we created the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy. It is great news that we are now working with Chesterfield College and can offer all the benefits of the academy to young people in the area.” 

To find out more the Peter Jones Academy at Chesterfield College.