First cohort of Peter Jones Academy students on work experience

Peterborough Regional College’s first cohort of Peter Jones Enterprise Academy (PJEA) students are coming to the end of their qualification.

The College became an approved centre to run the PJEA programme last year, with the first cohort having started in January this year on a short, fast track programme.

The Academy offers BTECs in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at both levels 2 and 3 in partnership with Edexcel, the first qualifications of this type for the UK. The BTEC covers subjects including leadership, teamwork, marketing and finance, progressing onto subject such as business planning, pitching ideas, operations, web design and an element of work experience in year 2 or at the level 3 stage.

Work experience is a key element to their programme and the students were welcomed by a variety of local businesses for their placements. The students were fortunate to be able to experience two placements each, which related back to their micro business ideas they have worked on throughout the course.

The work placement businesses included The IS Group, Peterborough, a wholesale distributor to the floral industry, incorporating Happy Box London, a luxury gifting business. A further business included Ruffles Dress Agency in Market Deeping where PJEA student Sonata Grigaityte worked on a style advice micro business idea throughout the course and through work experience with Ruffles was able to channel her creative side alongside industry related experience.

Course leader at Peterborough Regional College, Naomi Hand says;

“The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy experience enables students to study for Level 2 and Level 3 BTECs whilst working on micro business ideas and gaining valuable employability skills, preparing them for the next stages of work, education and entrepreneurship.”

A student recently said about the PJEA experience, “I can see business opportunities now where just four months ago I couldn’t. I look at things differently.”

Courses run at Peterborough Regional College for one year starting this September, studying four days a week including workshops, guest speakers, company visits and work experience. Contact naomi.hand@peterborough.ac.uk for more information or to arrange an informal interview.