DRAGON Peter Jones is set to lend his considerable business acumen to entrepreneurs at Milton Keynes College.
The multi-millionaire business star of BBC show Dragon’s Den has chosen the college to join his Peter Jones Enterprise Academy.
The academy offers BTECs in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in partnership with Edexcel – the first qualifications of their kind for 16-19 year olds in the UK.
The courses will be offered from September when students will be taught how to start their own business. There will be visiting lecturers and master classes from successful entrepreneurs, while students will also be involved in a number of practical workshops and real business networking events.
Mr Jones said: “Milton Keynes College has put enterprise at the heart of its curriculum, by sharing our entrepreneurial ethos and encouraging more young people to realise their ambitions.
“With record levels of youth unemployment, I believe it is a priority to inspire more young people across Britain to consider a different career path – an entrepreneurial one.
“The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy aims to equip young people with the skills, confidence and experience to unleash the entrepreneur in them and we are delighted that Milton Keynes College has joined our growing Academy network.”
Chief Executive and Principal of Milton Keynes College, Dr. Julie Mills, added: “We are extremely proud to have been invited to join the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy. It is recognition of how well regarded Milton Keynes College is in terms of the business courses we provide.
“This is an opportunity for young people in the city and wider region to become serious business owners in their own right and to learn from people who’ve already been there and done it for themselves.”