New courses intended provide students with the skills to start businesses

Writtle University College, Essex

Writtle University College, Essex - Credit: Writtle University College

Writtle University College is launching a suite of business courses, including its first Higher Apprenticeship.

Essex businesswoman Patricia Fox, who studied at Writtle University College

Essex businesswoman Patricia Fox, who studied at Writtle University College - Credit: Aralia Gardens

Writtle University College is launching a suite of business courses, including its first Higher Apprenticeship.

The business courses – a Level 5 Apprenticeship, a one-year Higher National Certificate (HNC) and a two-year Higher National Diploma (HND) – are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to begin a career in business or start their own business.

These new courses use industry links to give students the opportunity to develop their knowledge of the business world and their ability to be innovative, enterprising and entrepreneurial.

Professor Tim Middleton, Vice-Chancellor of Writtle University College, said: “Throughout our 125-year history we have been proud to be able to offer courses that give our students the chance to develop business awareness and applied skills, which has enabled many of our alumni to go on to become leaders in their fields or set up their own successful businesses.

“With the events following the financial crisis, and Brexit on the horizon, anyone wishing to succeed in business needs to understand this context and the huge opportunities that will emerge. These courses enable students to do that, whilst giving them the edge in terms of the business sectors in the region.”

By offering Higher National qualifications and a Higher Apprenticeship, the University College is strengthening the applied learning delivered on the courses.

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The University College has a strong track record in producing alumni with the business acumen to succeed in their chosen industries.

Patricia Fox is an alumna of Writtle who is Managing Director and Founder of an award-winning landscape design business, Aralia Gardens. She now has a team of six designers, three of which are Writtle graduates. She said: “Writtle has provided me with a great learning environment for my studies in Garden Design, and has provided me with an excellent starting platform from which I have grown my business.”

Alumnus Robert Ashton is a social entrepreneur, author, TEDx speaker and increasingly a campaigner, striving to achieve equality of opportunity for all. Known as the Barefoot Entrepreneur, he is Vice Patron of Norfolk Community Foundation, Patron of Norfolk & Suffolk Relate and founder of social enterprise Swarm Apprenticeships.

He said: “The practical skills I learned at Writtle have stood me in good stead over the 40 years since I left.

“Entrepreneurship is all about innovation, creativity and making the best use of what you’ve got. Writtle will make sure those following this exciting new course keep their feet firmly on the ground.”

For more information, visit http://writtle.ac.uk/UG-Business

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