At Barnsley College our vision is to provide exceptional opportunities and inspirational learning experiences for young people, adults, businesses and the community. One of our strategic aims is to be a beacon for enterprise and entrepreneurship and we have a range of programmes, projects and support available to staff and students to deliver this. We have set up a CiC – iTrust which is a joint venture with The Barnsley Chronicle to enable new start-ups including grants, mentoring and advice from industry specialists. In the first three years of iTrust we have helped support the start-up of over 40 new businesses. The College itself, is enterprising in its approach to development and innovation of new ideas and we have a range of commercial enterprises in existence for example shops, a design agency, salon, café and restaurant, which are served by apprentices and students providing a real work experience opportunity to students, aiding their employability. We were the first FE College in the UK to develop our own kickstarter platform to support students, and have won numerous awards including Educate the North – Innovation Award 2015 and a Duke of York Community Initiative Award.
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