I was looking for a new challenge in my role at Grant Thornton and the Level 5 Apprenticeship is the ideal opportunity for this.
The Academy helped me realise that there is an alternative to university.
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.
If you want something you never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done before.
I am astounded by how much I have been taught during this short period of time.
My tutors helped me overcome the disadvantages of having special educational needs and after graduating on the Level 2 course I went onto the Level 3.
The challenge of launching a micro-business and then being assessed on the performance of that business was what made me join the Academy.
I learned to juggle when I was seven years old and now run a circus performing 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.
I have a passion for business and achieved very high grades at school, but I was unsure about my future plans.
Pitching to Peter Jones in person was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and it was amazing to be chosen as the National Entrepreneur of the Year 2015.
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.
Entrepreneurship is fun!
I have two children and was made redundant in 2007. I always dreamt of starting my own business, but didn't know how.
I remember thinking I liked the idea of being taught by people who’d built up successful businesses themselves.
I didn't enjoy school and being heavily dyslexic, I didn't feel it was the right environment for me.
I had really bad anxiety at school, but starting my own business gave me something to focus on.
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 could hardly wait to meet fellow budding entrepreneurs, discuss business ideas and create my own successful company.
Confused and discouraged about my career path, the Academy definitely pointed me in the right direction.