STRIKING a deal with a ‘secret millionaire’ isn’t a bad move for a student trying to make headway in the world of employment.
That is what Lee Brownlie has achieved after becoming one of the first people to benefit from Burton and South Derbyshire College’s links with business tycoon Kavita Oberoi.
The college’s partnership with Mrs Oberoi, who featured on the Channel 4 show The Secret Millionaire, has seen the creation of an enterprise academy which is now beginning to bear fruit.
Used to rubbing shoulders with the likes of Lord Alan Sugar, Derbyshire-based Mrs Oberoi is a major name in the business world.
She is the managing director of the company which bears her name, Oberoi Consulting, which is based at Derby County’s Pride Park.
Passionate to help youngsters follow their dreams, she joined forces with the college to create the Kavita Oberoi and BSDC Enterprise Academy in a bid to help students find a way into work while remaining at the college to continue their studies.
After impressing on an initial trial basis, as part of the scheme, where he was tasked with carrying out market research, Mr Brownlie, from Swadlincote, was taken on by Mrs Oberoi’s company.
The 26-year-old said: “I have really enjoyed taking part in the project and it’s brilliant to have been offered a job at the end of it.
“It just goes to show that there are opportunities out there, even in the current economic climate. I would encourage both businesses and learners to take part in the Kavita Oberoi Enterprise Academy. If you put in the hard work and effort, you can reap the rewards.”
Mrs Oberoi said: “The new Enterprise Academy will not only give young people the opportunity to work on live projects for real businesses, it will give companies the chance to develop projects and innovations that will keep them ahead of their competitors.”