Barnsley College welcomes The Apprentice masterclass

One of the stars of BBC’s ‘The Apprentice’ is to give Barnsley students a master-class in how to succeed in business.

Leon Doyle, who got through to the eighth round of this year’s series will launch a new enterprise project at Barnsley College this week.

The Enterprise Zone is a feature of Barnsley’s £50m new campus development, which recently opened to students. Anyone who has a business idea will be able to access a range of services from the College, including one-to-one mentoring as well as advice sessions and seminars.

The project’s initial target is to create 18 new businesses and help create 29 new jobs by September 2013. The team behind the scheme also aim to develop an enterprising culture across the College and encourage students to be more confident and creative.

As part of the launch, the celebrity guest will talk about his entrepreneurial experience and share business ideas with students.

Dave Harding, Barnsley College Vice Principal, said: “Inspiring young people to develop entrepreneurial skills is something we take very seriously at Barnsley College, and we are thrilled to welcome Leon to talk about his own experiences.

“I’m willing to bet that we have at least one future Apprentice contestant studying in College. With state-of-the-art equipment and fantastic prospects for students, we are attracting more and more passionate young people who will be the next generation of business leaders.”

The master-class will also provide an opportunity for TV and Media students to gain experience filming and broadcasting the event live on the College’s website.