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Students lead launch of new Peter Jones Enterprise Academy

Folkestone College is bringing the boardroom to the classroom as it launches its new Peter Jones Enterprise Academy (PJEA).

The new business based curriculum offers students the opportunity to achieve a Level 3 BTEC qualification, helping to develop the next generation of business leaders to keep Folkestone and Hythe’s community and economy growing. The new PJEA at Folkestone College will inspire students to learn through doing, developing their real world enterprise skills to embed the principles of business.

As part of their initial studies at the PJEA, students led the launch of the new course, planning and delivering the event, and hosting a number of key local employers as well as strategic partners such as Folkestone and Hythe District Council.

Principal of Folkestone College Victoria Copp-Crawley said: “It’s fantastic to see our students deliver such an excellent event for these key partners of Folkestone College. Even in the first four weeks of term they’ve developed real business skills, project managing the entire event as well as ensuring they remain on track with their budget. These are real skills which will set them in good stead when they progress from the new PJEA.”

The event saw Cllr Richard Wallace (Deputy Mayor Folkestone) speak to the audience, highlighting the benefits of the new curriculum.

Graeme Tidd from the PJEA said: “It’s wonderful to see this course being delivered at Folkestone College, and we’re proud that this district has one of our Peter Jones Enterprise Academies. Ensuring we’re inspiring and educating the next generation of business leaders is core to our principles, and will help to keep Folkestone and Hythe District growing into the future.”

One of the students who helped to organise the event was Chelsey Spearing who joined after deciding she wanted to develop the skills needed for a future career in business.

Chelsey said: “It’s already been an amazing experience, and really is so different to being at school. I find it much easier to learn by actually doing something, and already have a far deeper knowledge of business processes like market research, as well as having grown core skills such as problem solving and teamwork. I’m really excited to see what our future projects are, as if they’re anything like planning for this launch event, they’re set to be great.”

If you’d like to find out about Folkestone College’s new Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, take a look at the range of courses offered.