FE Week could not travel to the east of England without visiting City College Norwich (CCN), and taking a look at the their innovative work around enterprise and entrepreneurship.

The Principal, Dick Palmer, has an innovative approach when it comes to teaching and learning, and recent developments at the college look set to transform students’ learning.

Working in partnership with North Hertfordshire College, Gateshead College and New College Nottingham, the college is introducing new ways of delivering the curriculum to foster entrepreneurial skills.

The centrepiece of this work will be a dedicated Enterprise Zone within the college, which is set to open early in the new year.  The College already has two ‘Entrepreneurs in Residence’ and is also home to student-run enterprises, including a record label and student radio station.

Dragons’ Den-style enterprise competitions are already part of college life, and added impetus comes from the fact that the college is part of the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy.  Employer engagement remains central to this agenda, and the college is looking to further develop enterprise within its five other National Skills Academies (Creative & Cultural, Financial Services, Hospitality, Manufacturing and Retail).

FE Week met with Geoff Sorrell and Corrienne Peasgood, Deputy and Vice Principals, who gave us a whistle-stop tour on and off-site.

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