20 April, 2009
Dragons’ Den panellist Peter Jones CBE, hosted a lunch at Manchester Business School (MBS) on April 16 – announcing the latest developments at his National Enterprise Academy (NEA), which opens in Manchester in September.
The NEA will provide 16-19 year-olds with the opportunity to develop business skills required to succeed in the modern business world. Based at Manchester College, the £32 million programme will provide new qualifications in enterprise and entrepreneurship at Level 2 (equivalent to four GCSEs) and Level 3 (equivalent to two A levels).
The working lunch, supported by the NWDA and MIDAS, brought together leading members of the Northwest business community to discuss how they can benefit from becoming involved with the NEA – by sharing their expertise by mentoring students or offering them placements. It was also an opportunity to explore how the NEA can meet the skills requirements of businesses in the region.
Professor Michael Luger, Director (Dean) of MBS said: “We’re delighted to be working with Peter Jones to ensure the NEA plays a key role in skills generation for the Northwest. His pioneering attitude towards business education reflects our own commitment to original thinking. Through MBS’ Manchester Enterprise Centre, it’s our aim to inspire entrepreneurs and emerging business leaders to combine their talent with rigorous business understanding – so they are able to turn their visions into commercially successful ventures.”
MBS is committed to supporting emerging and growing businesses through its Incubator, which has recently been working behind the scenes with BBC2′s Dragons’ Den on the viability of contestants’ business plans.
Source: Manchester Business School