Gateshead College has strengthened its position as the region's
leading entrepreneurial college after becoming the Entrepreneurs'
Forum's exclusive further education partner.
The move will see the college become one of Forum's seven
strategic partners, reflecting its commitment to providing students
with the confidence and skills to become the region's next
generation of successful entrepreneurs.
The college will benefit from access to the expertise and
experience of Forum members, who include successful business
leaders like John Hays, managing director of Hays Travel, Sage's
chief executive Paul Walker and Tom Maxfield, the driving force
behind Tom's Companies.
Students will participate in entrepreneurial events and
initiatives that would normally be unavailable including the
Entrepreneurs' Forum's annual conference 'Who Dares Wins'
which takes place later this month.
The college is pioneering a new approach to education which
focuses on equipping all students with an entrepreneurial skills
set and is a founding member of Gazelle, a company created by five
college principals who include Richard Thorold, Gateshead's
principal and CEO.
The Gazelles have an exclusive focus on building a recognisable
cluster of entrepreneurial colleges within the next five years.
Robin Mackie, chairman of Gateshead College and
co-founder, chief technology officer and senior vice
president of Smith Electric, said: "Education needs to
change radically if we are to give our students the skills they
need to create their own opportunities or to help them be a first
"With an entrepreneurial approach to teaching, across the whole
college, students will develop skills and qualities which will give
them a greater chance of success in life and work and which will
ultimately help drive our regional economy.
"Using the resources and expertise of the Entrepreneurs' Forum
and its members will be important as we make the transformation to
becoming an entrepreneurial college".
The Entrepreneurs' Forum was established in 2002 for the good of
individuals, business and the North East. It exists to
support entrepreneurs, and to inspire and encourage growth and
wealth creation in the North East.
Its members include some of the region's best known business
leaders, and their contribution to the economy includes a combined
turnover of £6.9bn and 34,000 employees.
Nigel Mills, chairman of the Entrepreneurs' Forum, said: "I'm
delighted to welcome Gateshead College as a new partner.
"We're really looking forward to working with Gateshead College.
We share the aim of creating wealth and business growth in the
North East and we're excited by their vision for transforming
education. Together I hope we can inspire students to be employers
and entrepreneurial employees.
"The college's approach to the adoption of entrepreneurship and
embedding this throughout its DNA is innovative and sets a blue
print for way business skills and behaviours should be taught."