The Educate programme is delivered through the FFE’s accredited courses and qualifications. We offer a suite of sector leading vocational courses and qualifications in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. This offer includes the flagship Peter Jones Enterprise Academy package, where colleges and schools can host and run their own enterprise academy.
We also run standalone qualifications that are available at Level 2 and Level 3 to schools and colleges as well as our Be Your Own Boss programme for vulnerable young adults. Each course comes with full teaching resources as well as engagement with our corporate and entrepreneurial partnership network.
You can see full details of the courses we offer by downloading our Prospectus.
PJEA Alumni 2009, Ross Bailey
After graduating, Ross spotted an opportunity during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to open a pop-up shop on Carnaby Street selling rebellious t-shirts of the Queen. Having had difficulties finding shop space he decided to create an online marketplace for listing and booking short-term space, making booking a shop as easy as booking a hotel room.
Fast forward to today, Appear Here, has offices in three cities worldwide, has over 100,000 global brands, retailers and creative entrepreneurs signed up to use the service, and over 10,000,000 square foot of rental space. An impressive range of brands have used the spaces, including, Apple, Nike, Made and Spotify.
Ross said: “The practical element of the PJEA was important to me. One thing I took from the Academy, which has impacted my life greatly, was how to spot an opportunity and then focus on it – staying true to what the brand is about and not overcomplicating things with diversions.”
PJEA Student, Jamie Gamble
Since joining the PJEA I have achieved more than I ever thought possible whilst in education. With the support of the PJEA and my teachers I have set up and launched my business, pitched to investors, sold at local markets and worked at the BMW National Sales Company for four weeks.
The academy is hugely different to traditional business courses or A levels that are extremely text-book orientated. All of my classmates are of a similar mind-set, which is important as it allows ideas to thrive in an entrepreneurial atmosphere. As soon as I started I was able to use the resources and people available to me to help develop my business.
PJEA Student, Sonya Kumar
I was clueless as to what to do after sixth form. University wasn’t an option because I didn’t want to go ahead with further education for another three years of my life. I wanted to be my own boss, an entrepreneur who could make my own choices and take my own risks.
When I discovered the PJEA the course really stood out as it wasn’t all about theory but about performing practically – setting up my own business in the real world really appealed to me.
PJEA Alumni 2012, Gavin Bell
I saw the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy as an ideal stepping stone from education to self-employment and that is exactly what it turned out to be. Over the year I had some amazing experiences, such as pitching to a board at Grant Thornton HQ and being chosen as one of six to go to the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace following an invitation from HRH The Duke of York, KG, Patron of the Peter Jones Foundation. I learnt a great deal over the year and I know it has equipped me with key skills that I need for self-employment. The tutors were absolutely amazing and helped me through every step of my start-up.