Freebrough Academy to become regional hub for Peter Jones Enterprise Academy

In December 2012 the new, state of the art, Freebrough Academy Post 16 Enterprise Centre will throw open its doors.  The new building will physically stand-alone from the main academy building but will be linked through the curriculum, staffing and ethos.  The centre will specialise in the teaching of the most up to date Business and Enterprise, Creative and Digital Media and Engineering courses alongside some more traditional options.

The experience offered to students will be further enhanced by the news that Freebrough has been selected to be a Regional Hub for the prestigious Peter Jones Enterprise Academy.  A team of staff from Freebrough journeyed to Amersham, Buckinghamshire to pitch for the post 16 centre to become the regional hub for the Cleveland area.  As the regional hub we will recruit ‘spokes’ – pre and post 16 education providers in the Tees Valley who would like to deliver the PJEA qualifications, alongside offering the courses both pre and post 16 in the Academy

The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy offers an opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs to realise and achieve their business dreams. Set-up by Peter Jones, CBE, star of ‘Dragons’ Den’, the Academy was the first to offer further education courses in enterprise and entrepreneurship in the UK where students are actually required to set up and run their own business. Whether students want to own their own business or work for someone else the BTEC Enterprise and Entrepreneurship qualifications offered through PJEA and Freebrough Academy will help them to succeed.

Construction work will begin on the post 16 centre building early this year.  The centre will have state of the art facilities with large and small flexible spaces which can be used for a number of purposes allowing creative teaching to take place.  The centre will also have up to date ICT facilities in all teaching and social areas.  There will be rooms specifically designed for the teaching of Business and Enterprise, Digital and Creative Media, Engineering and Performing Arts with the most up to date equipment and software available at Post 16, much of it industry standard.

 

Alongside the teaching areas we will have a dedicated business incubation unit where students can fulfil their dreams of running their own business.  The area will house several start-up businesses and mentoring and support will be available to ensure the businesses are given every opportunity to thrive.

At Freebrough Academy we aim to instil a ‘can do’ attitude in all of our students from the moment they step through our doors in yr 7 allowing them to have the confidence and skills to excel in their chosen career. We are also working with our local primary feeder schools to start this journey at an even younger age.

Kelly Rich, Director of Post 16 Provision at Freebrough Academy said, “We are very excited about becoming a regional hub for the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy.  We feel these entrepreneurial qualifications are essential in ensuring our students have the skills to be able to deal with the ever changing world of work whether their career choice be employment or self-employment. We believe these qualifications will put our students ahead of the rest.

This is a fantastic opportunity for the communities in East Cleveland as well as the borough wide opportunities it presents.  In the current economic climate entrepreneurs are the people who will support the improvements in the economy needed to bring us out of recession.  Freebrough Academy is proud to have a key role to play in this within our region”.

A competition is currently running for one lucky Freebrough Academy student to have the honour of naming the new centre.  Students are currently putting forward their ideas.

The post 16 centre will also house a community cafe, which will be open to the public and will serve a range of refreshments and light snacks.

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