Students at East Durham college hope to wow judges

The students who are preparing for the final of the competition
The students who are preparing for the final of the competition

A TALENTED group of students have negotiated themselves a place in the finals of a national competition.

The East Durham College students are through to the finals of a negotiation contest and will compete for top honours at Jaguar Land Rover’s headquarters in Birmingham next month.

For the past month, Peter Jones Enterprise Academy students around the country have been competing in the four-part challenge which aims to equip them with the negotiation skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in the world of work.

And the East Durham team is one of just six to get through to the finals.

The team will battle it out against Warwickshire College, Westminster Kingsway College, City College Coventry, Dudley College and Leicester College, with the winners getting a trophy, gift vouchers and an invitation to The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, CIPS, annual conference in London in October.

Jill Campbell, course leader at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy at East Durham College, praised the students for the hard work they have put in so far and hopes they can continue to impress in the final.

She said: “The students have worked really hard over the last few weeks on the tasks and it’s great to see them advance in the competition.”