Eric Pickles MP opens the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy in Brentwood

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A PETER Jones Enterprise Academy offering courses and apprenticeships for aspiring young entrepreneurs has launched in Brentwood with a seal of approval from Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, opens the new Peter Jones Enterprise Academy in Brentwood

Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, opens the new Peter Jones Enterprise Academy in Brentwood

We need young people with bright ideas and to give them the skills and training to run successful businesses

The Brentwood and Ongar MP accepted an invitation from Havering College of Further and Higher Education (http://www.havering-college.ac.uk) to officially open its new Peter Jones Enterprise Academy at the Brentwood Innovation Centre in Brentwood High Street.

Mr Pickles said: "This new Enterprise Academy is exactly what we want to see in Brentwood. We need a new generation of entrepreneurs. We need young people with bright ideas and to give them the skills and training to run successful businesses. This new venture seamlessly matches the ambition of business with education. It also gives employers in the town the opportunity to get involved."

The pioneering courses will focus on developing and furthering the aspirations of young entrepreneurs who will set up and run their own businesses while gaining accredited qualifications. Students will learn from tutors with real business experience and through work placements, master classes led by entrepreneurs and opportunities to work on real business challenges.

Alice Barnard, Chief Executive of The Peter Jones Foundation, welcomed Havering College of Further and Higher Education to the expanding national network of Peter Jones Enterprise Academies.

She said: "The Academy works to encourage young entrepreneurs to realise their potential and I have every faith that Havering College will nurture and inspire future business leaders.

"Having Eric Pickles MP formally open the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy for Havering College in Brentwood made the launch particularly special, and his insight and support was enormously valued."

Special guests at the event included the Mayor of Brentwood Cllr Madeline Henwood, Brentwood Borough Council leader Cllr Louise McKinley, Brentwood Chamber of Commerce chairman Clive Othen, head teachers and business leaders.

They were joined by young entrepreneurs who have already acquired the "buzz" for business.

Peter Jones Enterprise Academy students from Westminster Kingsway College, Shanice Harrison and Lee Rudkin-Stevens, spoke about their experiences and successes while two entrepreneurial Havering College students, Sophie Bland and Grant Pearce, showcased their graphic design business 2 Equals.

Maria Thompson, Principal of Havering College of Further and Higher Education, said: "The college prides itself on delivering high quality education and training, not just to students but also employers and has been doing so for 65 years. We believe our partnership with the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy will ensure that our students are as well prepared for the workforce as possible. I would like to thank Eric Pickles MP for formally launching the Academy in Brentwood. His support is hugely valuable to the Academy and the wider college."

ā—¸Applications are invited now from young people aged 16-19 who will be able to study a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Understanding Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, and Apprenticeships in Innovation and Growth at Level 3 and Level 5. For information call the Havering College Threshold Services team on 01708 462801, email information(at)havering-college(dot)ac(dot)uk or visit http://www.havering-college.ac.uk.

ā—¸Employers can find out more about how the new apprenticeships could help drive their business forward by calling the college's specialist business advisors on 01708 462800. Alternatively email EmployerEnquiry(at)havering-college(dot)ac(dot)uk or visit http://www.havering-college.ac.uk/business.

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