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Posted: 27/09/10

Students boost business potential with Prince's Trust

West Nottinghamshire College is hosting a presentation evening for fifty young people who have all achieved success, thanks to its partnership with The Prince’s Trust.

The presentation ceremony, which takes place on Wednesday (29 September) at the Vision Centre in the college's Derby Road campus, will congratulate people in the Mansfield area who have all completed The Prince’s Trust’s ‘Explore Enterprise’ course.

The four-day programme is aimed at getting people to explore the options of becoming self-employed or being supported into further education, training or employment by learning more about personal and business financial management, book-keeping, tax, sales, marketing and customer-profiling. 

Twelve of those who followed the programme are ex-West Notts College students, four of whom are already trading, such as Ben Whitehead of Whitehead Photography and Jason Cooke of Jay's Auto Services.

Since completing the course thirteen entrepreneurs are now self-employed and a further ten are working on their business plans. 

West Nottinghamshire College has had a relationship with The Prince’s Trust for the last four years.  It gives the trust free access to facilities for a variety of projects including classrooms, plus meal vouchers and free travel on college buses for those undertaking programmes with the charity.

Vanessa Coad, programme executive for The Prince’s Trust, said: “The Explore Enterprise course is a great way of finding out what you want to do in life. Perhaps you’ve been thinking about starting up your own business but need more information about how to do it.  If so, then this course is for you, and it’s free.” 

The next Explore Enterprise course starts on Tuesday 19 October 2010 and is available to any young person aged 18 to 30 who is unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week. To find out more about times and venues, call The Prince’s Trust on 0800 842842.

The Prince of Wales’s charity has helped more than 600,000 young people since 1976 and supports 100 more each working day. More than three-in-four of the young people The Trust helped last year moved into work, education or training. Further information about The Prince’s Trust is available at www.princes-trust.org.uk or on 0800 842 842.

The Prince's Trust receives funding from the East Midlands Development Agency (emda) and Solutions for Business to support young people into business.