Monday, 12 September 2011


Sheffield Launch Pic 11Yorkshire and the Humber's first National Enterprise Academy was officially launched yesterday by its founder, Peter Jones CBE and the Rt Hon Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The National Enterprise Academy (NEA) at the new £60 million Sheffield City College offers 16-18-year-olds the opportunity to develop enterprise skills and business know-how through a unique full-time course. 35 students will start the one-year BTEC Diploma in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship next week. It is the UK's first full-time course for 16 to 18-year-olds and is designed to equip aspiring young entrepreneurs with the skills to set up their own businesses or help them shine in an existing one.

Yesterday Thursday 9th September 2010, Peter Jones and Vince Cable met students, staff, members of the business community, Sheffield City Council, and dignitaries, and unveiled a commemorative plaque. Students work on real life business challenges and learn the mindset and skills that modern businesses need to thrive and prosper. More than half of the curriculum is spent on practical exercises or coursework. On the Level 2 qualification, learners develop an idea and turn it into a ready-to-launch business plan. On the Level 3 qualification, they develop a business plan, launch it as a micro business and then run it for four months of the course.

Peter Jones said: "I am delighted to be opening my National Enterprise Academy at Sheffield City College. Young people play a major role in the future success of the economy. I passionately believe in their potential. He added, "The NEA aims to inspire and kick start the next generation of entrepreneurs by equipping young people with the skills to become successful business leaders. I wish them every success in Sheffield."
Business experts and entrepreneurs will help to mentor students by either visiting college and giving talks about their experience or taking part in lessons to pass on their advice. Local employers will also provide work placements so that students gain experience as consultants. Around 30 local business experts have signed unto support the program so far.

Julie Byrne, Principal of Sheffield City College, said: "Our young people are the future of the city. We want to support the growth of their ideas and businesses by providing a comprehensive package of support, and are thrilled that Peter Jones and Vince Cable are supporting the launch. Principal Byrne explained, "We have a strong track record of supporting enterprise and we hope the NEA at our fantastic new building will raise aspirations and contribute to an enterprise led economic recovery in the region."

The unveiling of the academy is part of the first MADE: The Entrepreneur's Festival, organised by CreativeSheffield and Seven Hills, which is attracting national and regional experts and dignitaries, and offers presentations and business and enterprise advice sessions from September 8 to 11.

Be a part of the National Enterprise Academy at Sheffield City College on Granville Road by supporting students, providing work placements or signing up to the courses.

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