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PJEA Courses

The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy offers a range of courses, so at least one of them is likely to be suitable for you.

Level 2 BETEC

If you have a great business idea that you think could earn you some money, then the Level 2 BETEC is the perfect course to help you turn your dream into a reality.

By taking this course at a PJEA college, you will given the support and direction needed to develop a robust business plan.

You will learn all the important aspects involved in running a successful enterprise, including how to pitch to potential investors, managing your finances, and conducting effective market research.

The areas covered on the course include the following:

  • Market research
  • Marketing plans
  • Financial models
  • Business plans
  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Pitching to investors

Level 3 BETEC

If you want to get your business venture off the ground, then the Level 3 BETEC will help you make this become a reality.

This course gives you the chance to run your own micro business for at least a 4 week period.

If this seems like a scary prospect, there's no need to worry - you will receive lots of encouragement and support throughout, and will also learn how to handle the day-to-day management of your business.

You will be taught how to deal with issues involved in running a successful business, such as supply chain management, customer communication, controlling your finances, future growth planning and how to record and analyse your performance.

The PJEA has partnered with a number of leading UK firms in order to provide insightful and interesting work placements for its students.

This will enable you to work with business people on a daily basis, and gain some real-life experience of being part of a successful business.

The skills and knowledge gained from this placement will be invaluable when you apply them to running your own venture.

The following areas are covered in this course:

•    Business planning and pitching
•    Operating a business
•    Leadership and teamwork skills
•    Planning finances
•    Monitoring the performance of a business
•    Planning the future of a business
•    Market research and analysis
•    International business
•    E-Marketing
•    Designing a website
•    Promoting a business

PJEA Advanced Apprenticeship

Don't want to be tied to a particular industry? Then this Advanced Apprenticeship from the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy could be the right course for you!

It is designed to provide you with all the skills and knowledge required to be enterprising within an organisation of any size, as well as work within the private, public or third sectors.

Whatever type of organisation you work for, you will be using your skills to help increase its profitability and competitiveness. Working as a trainee business development consultant/executive, you could be:

  • Researching markets and products
  • Carrying out marketing activities
  • Dealing with customers
  • Procuring supplies
  • Reviewing internal processes.

You may also land a project-based activity in one or more departments involving:

  • Planning
  • Supporting team members
  • Presenting ideas to internal members of staff and giving feedback.

Whatever your particular role, you will be learning about developing the mindset and skills required for enterprise, using enterprise skills in the workplace, how to plan and pitch a new business opportunity, project management, and the business environment.

What are the entry requirements for the PJEA Advanced Apprenticeship?

You will be expected to have at least five GCSEs at Grades C or above (or acceptable alternatives), including English and Maths.

What qualification will I gain?

Upon completion of the course, you will be awarded the Level 3 Diploma in Enterprising Skills in a Business Environment.

How will I be assessed?

Through assignments related to real-life business situations, which draw on both your technical knowledge and your competence in the workplace.
You will also be required to further develop your literacy and numeracy skills.

How long will the Apprenticeship last?

The PJEA Advanced Apprenticeship lasts a minimum of 18 months.

Where will I study?

You will spend one day a week at a Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, or an affiliated training provider. The rest of your week will be spent with your employer.

What can the Advanced Apprenticeship lead to?

You might progress to a more senior role with your employer, or to Further or Higher Education, or to the PJEA Higher Apprenticeship in Innovation and Growth.

Where can I find out more?

Contact the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy to find out where the Higher Apprenticeship is currently being offered.

PJEA Higher Apprenticeship in Innovation and Growth

This Higher Apprenticeship at Level 5 (equivalent to a Foundation Degree) gives you the chance to make a real difference to an employer.

You will develop the ability to identify and implement innovative ideas and processes that will help your employer compete and grow in a dynamic business environment.

You could be working in an organisation of any size and in the private, public or third sector.

Roles will vary according to the nature and size of the organisation: you might be working across the business, or in a single department.

You might find yourself working as a:

  • Product development executive - generating and testing ideas , reviewing processes, researching products and markets
  • Business development executive - contributing to the development of new business opportunities and new products
  • Project executive - researching, planning, implementing and monitoring projects.

Whatever your particular role, you will be learning about the different ways in which organisations innovate and grow, how to develop an innovative mindset, how to develop and implement innovative ideas, applied through projects agreed with your employer.

You can choose optional units ranging from marketing to strategic planning to the use of technology.

What are the entry requirements for the Higher Apprenticeship?

You will be expected to have either qualifications at Level 3, or several years’ work experience.

What qualification will I gain?

Upon completion you will be awarded the Level 5 BTEC Diploma in Innovation and Growth.

How will I be assessed?

Through assignments which draw on both your technical knowledge and your competence in the workplace.

This will include a major project that allows you to develop and implement an innovative idea to benefit your employer.

Where will I study?

You will spend one day a week at one of the Peter Jones Enterprise Academies, or an affiliated training provider, while the rest of the week will be spent with your employer.

How long will the Higher Apprenticeship last?

A minimum of two years.

What can it lead to?

You might progress to a managerial role with your employer, or you might choose to take higher-level qualifications in enterprise or business management.

Where can I find out more?

Contact the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy to find out where the Higher Apprenticeship is currently being offered.

PJEA Over 19 Adult Short Course

Have you always dreamt of running your own business? Or do you need a little help getting back into employment?

Following this intensive short course, you will be in a position to create your own business plan and boost your CV.

You will learn all the fundamentals of business, including:

  • Finance and Forecasting
  • Business Law
  • Marketing and Market Research
  • Motivation
  • Presenting and Pitching to investors
  • Leadership and Management

The course will give you a chance to interact with many people from various industries, gaining valuable business advice from experienced professionals.

You will also join business masterclasses, speak regularly with your mentors and forge your own unique business network. This all leads to you pitching your business idea to a panel of investors.

Feel your entrepreneurial confidence grow as your business develops through the PJEA personal development programme.