Young Achiever Awards 2012: Dragons' Den star hoping to find new entrepreneurs
The first students have started at Leicester College's new academy set up with the help of Dragons' Den entrepreneur Peter Jones.
Twenty students have begun their courses at the college's Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, which gives youngsters a chance to study for a BTEC in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.
As part of its commitment to young talent, the college is also sponsoring the Leicester Mercury Young Achiever Awards 2012 and is asking people to nominate youngsters for the Apprenticeship Achievement category.
Mr Jones said: "I've opened an academy at Leicester College to help provide all the skills young people need to unleash their entrepreneurial ability.
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"It's because I want to encourage the young people of Britain to dream, and to dream big. But it's not just about dreaming, it's about doing."
Sue Bourne, from the college, said: "Leicester College is extremely proud of its appointment as the East Midlands hub for the Peter Jones academy and is looking forward to developing the entrepreneurial talents of a new generation."
The Young Achiever Awards aim to recognise young people aged between 14 and 25 who have shown dedication, resilience and hard work.
Individuals can be entered into up to three of the 10 categories. The entry form must also be endorsed by a relevant referee and all nominations close on Saturday, October 20.
For a nomination form and for more information about the competition and suitable referees, call Nikki Kandola at the Leicester Mercury on 0116 222 4310 or e-mail her at:
Any individual can enter up to three categories and the entry form must be endorsed by a relevant referee.
A daytime awards ceremony will be held on Thursday December 6, 2012.
For further details about the awards call Nikki Kandola on 0116 222 4310 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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