Peter Jones Enterprise Academy
Morrison’s Academy launching first Peter Jones Enterprise Academy in Scotland
Morrison’s Academy will be the first school in Scotland to launch a Peter Jones Enterprise Academy (PJEA), the Peter Jones Foundation for Enterprise’s (PJFE) flagship business and enterprise educational programme. Through this unique course pupils will gain real world experience by ‘bringing the boardroom to the classroom.’
When Morrison’s Academy was established in 1860, its key tenet was to give pupils “a sound classical and commercial education.” Today, Morrison’s Academy pupils achieve outstanding academic results bolstered with practical skills learnt through creative STEM projects, the Learning for Life curriculum, forest school classes and co-curricular activities. The learning and experiences gained promote and prepare them for their future lives and employability.
This shared belief in the power of practical knowledge and skills to enhance a pupil’s education has led to a natural alignment between Morrison’s Academy and the Peter Jones Foundation. Numerous studies increasingly indicate that young people lack the skills and experience employers deem important to their businesses. ‘60% of employers value broader skills, such as listening and problem- solving, as one of their three most important considerations when recruiting school and college leavers.’ ‘67% of hard-to-fill vacancies are caused, at least in part, by a lack of skills, qualifications and experience among Applicants.’
PJEA programmes help foster a culture of enterprise, resilience and outcome focused learning. Hands-on accredited enterprise courses and qualifications offer participants the opportunity to run their own businesses, learn entrepreneurial proficiency and develop financial literacy.
Gareth Warren, Rector and Principal of Morrison’s Academy, said, “This is a significant development at Morrison’s Academy. We have invested heavily in progressive programmes, focusing on the long term employability of our pupils, creating a skills and intelligences based curriculum to complement our academic pathways. Our partnership with PJEA is the first step in establishing a School of Business and Enterprise, with practical application being at its heart. This is a unique offering in Scottish education and I believe this will give our pupils a distinct advantage in their future careers.”
The partnership with the Peter Jones Foundation will form an important cornerstone of the new Morrison’s Academy School of Business and Enterprise which will be opened over the coming academic year. Mr Warren continued, “The establishment of this partnership has come at a pivotal time. As a nation, we are currently facing an unprecedented economic downturn. At Morrison’s Academy we believe it is our duty to ensure all of our pupils are equipped with business acumen, an entrepreneurial, innovative mindset and a suite of skills that are current, relevant and which can be applied to their chosen careers. We look forward to developing our relationship with the Peter Jones Foundation and the establishment of the first Scottish Peter Jones Enterprise Academy.”
Peter Jones CBE commented: “I’m absolutely delighted to announce today this opportunity for Morrison’s Academy to host a Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, the first of its kind in Scotland and a centre for entrepreneurial excellence. I started the Foundation with a clear goal - to improve young people’s life outcomes through good enterprise education. It is more important than ever to empower the next generation of business leaders, wealth-generators and change-makers with the skills to succeed in the world of work.