Leeds Trinity University is investing in a brand new enterprise facility to foster students’ entrepreneurial and business skills.
The Trinity Enterprise Centre will support students in fulfilling their ambitions to launch their own business. Located on campus, the centre opens its doors for the first time this month and is testament to Leeds Trinity’s commitment to driving the employability of its students.
The University is renowned for producing highly employable and enterprising graduates, with the most recent Destination of Leavers Survey from the Higher Education Statistics Agency revealing that 94 per cent of the University’s graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating.
The Trinity Enterprise Centre and its team aim to build on this by harnessing students’ entrepreneurial ambitions and creating an environment that helps them pursue their career aspirations.
Leeds Trinity University students will benefit from mentoring services, as well as being able to make use of the facilities such as meeting rooms, break-out zones, office space and hot-desking space.
However, it’s not just students that can take advantage of this new business hub. It is also being used by local businesses who are members of the Leeds Trinity Business network – a free and informal network established by Leeds Trinity University – that allows local businesses to make connections, raise profiles, learn something new and support other local organisations in the area.
Howard Nelson, chief operating officer and university secretary at Leeds Trinity University, said: “The launch of the Trinity Enterprise Centre is a real testament to the University’s commitment to launching our students’ careers after graduating from the University.
“It is vitally important to support and help feed students’ entrepreneurial spirit and that is exactly what the Trinity Enterprise Centre and its team is geared-up to achieve.
“The space within the centre is available for students and local small businesses, and already we are becoming booked up which shows how in demand the facility is.
Phil Williams, careers and employability consultant at Leeds Trinity University, said: “The Trinity Enterprise Centre is a great space, full of all the mod-cons of a working office, which enables students to conduct themselves in a professional manner and host business meetings.
“The break-out zones and mentoring service really encourage students to share ideas, best practises and enable people to hone objectives and position themselves for success.”
The launch of the Trinity Enterprise Centre is another string in the University’s employability bow, after it was recently awarded a High Impact Award for its contribution to Global Entrepreneur Week in November 2014.
In a further bid to help bolster the University’s mission to drive the employability of its students, employer partnerships manager, Jess Sewter, has been appointed vice-president of The Trinity Club, a new not-for-profit organisation that connects businesses throughout the Leeds City Region.
Her additional role will be a great asset in growing the University’s connections and profile among local businesses.