A city college has won a prestigious opportunity to help its students bring their entrepreneurial dreams to life.
Stoke on Trent College is one of just 30 colleges nationwide who successfully bid to be part of FE Pioneers, a funded programme which aims to find and nurture budding entrepreneurs who have an idea that will have a positive impact on the environment or society.
Split in to three categories, learners can apply for a “Try It Award” of £500, “Do It Award” of £5,000 and “Build It Award” of £15,000 that will help establish, grow and expand their social enterprise.
Jay Davies, Lecturer at Stoke on Trent College who is championing the project, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to really make their mark on society and embark on a potentially life-changing venture.
“The notion behind FE Pioneers is to get people thinking about an idea that can help their community and the wider world.
“Our students are great forward thinkers and live in a world of innovations and creativity. This project takes it one step further by giving them a platform to take their spark of inspiration and turn it into something incredible.
“We are delighted to be successful in our bid to be part of FE Pioneers and to be able to offer this to our students. We are excited about the potential it is has for our learners.”
FE Pioneers is run by UnLtd, a charity which supports social entrepreneurs who have the passion, drive and vision to change the world for a better place. They do this by providing funding packages known as Awards to help these individuals make their ideas a reality. To date, UnLtd has invested over £35million of financial support helping nearly 20,000 social entrepreneurs across the UK.
Students at Stoke on Trent College will have until the end of March to secure funding for their project idea.
To apply email FEpioneers@stokecoll.ac.uk or text your name, campus initial (B or C) and the word idea to 07796 708215.