Our Stories

The Academy helped me realise that there is an alternative to university.
Ayo Jenyo
My childhood dream was to set up my own business. And now I'm an entrepreneur.
Having just come out of rehab, I had completely lost all confidence in myself, lacked direction and was desperate to not relapse into old habits.
I have always wanted to create something that screams passion, and studying at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy was a key element that supported me throughout this journey.
I actually decided not to go to university and endeavoured into business straight from the Academy. I'm now currently positioned as the account director of a million pound business.
I decided to join the Academy in order to explore entrepreneurship in a more hands-on environment.
I am so glad I joined the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy. It’s certainly the best decision I have ever made.
I decided to go ahead and apply for the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy course, which turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made.
I was determined to study at the Academy and made the bold decision to move from the Shetland Islands to Manchester in order to make it happen.
My dad always told me, 'If you find a job that you love you will never work another day in your life', and I believe that through and through.
I worked as hard as I possibly could at the Academy and was always fascinated by and enthusiastic about every activity on the course.
I learned to juggle when I was seven years old and now run a circus performing business.
Entrepreneurship is fun!
I had really bad anxiety at school, but starting my own business gave me something to focus on.
I could hardly wait to meet fellow budding entrepreneurs, discuss business ideas and create my own successful company.
It felt like an entirely new chapter of my life and, just as I expected, the course was amazing.
The challenge of launching a micro-business and then being assessed on the performance of that business was what made me join the Academy.
My time at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy taught me that anything is possible. It gave me the confidence to pursue my passion and start a business.
I'm determined to never stop learning and the Level 5 Apprenticeship is the perfect next step to allow me to do this after graduating from the Academy.
Luke Astill-Boardman
I turned down University to become an Apprentice.
I am astounded by how much I have been taught during this short period of time.

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