Get Northamptonshire’s jobless young people earning or learning or face a “lost generation”, Peter Jones CBE has warned.
As school leavers bear the brunt of the economic crisis, the Dragons’ Den star is offering to fast-track the careers of Northamptonshire’s young people.
With one in six (954,000) youngsters currently not in education, employment or training (NEETs) in Britain, the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy at Tresham College of Further and Higher Education in Kettering aims to equip young people with the confidence and vital skills for the 21st century workplace – tackling the issue of local youth unemployment head on.
The academy offers the UK’s first BTEC Level 2 and 3 qualifications in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. Through workshops, master-classes, networking opportunities and business surgeries, it aims to unleash entrepreneurial talent in young people, helping to prepare them for a successful future.
The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy at Tresham College of Further and Higher Education will be opening in September 2012 and will be based at the college’s modern Kettering campus.
Tresham has recently been placed within the top 20 performing colleges for success rates out of all 230 general further education colleges across England.
Peter Jones said: “Nearly one million 16 to 24-year-olds are currently without a job or training place in Britain. This is a huge blow to our economy. Too many bright, ambitious young people never get the chance to gain the skills and confidence to live out their business dreams.
“The damage may be deep and long-lasting, and has the potential to create a lost generation. We need to take drastic action. We must help build the ladders for the next generation by showing them they have choices when it comes to education and career decisions.
“At the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, our mission is to develop the entrepreneurial aspirations of our students and encourage them to think big. We want to prevent more young people from falling through the gap.
Stuart Wesselby, Principal of Tresham College of Further and Higher Education said: “The recession is having a brutal effect on the young people of Northamptonshire.
“To prevent the youth unemployment crisis from spiraling, the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy at Tresham is offering young people a new and faster route into a business career, giving students real, on-the-job training and preparing them for an enterprising future.”
To sign up for a place, visit http://www.tresham.ac.uk/peter_jones_enterprise_academy.