Hertfordshire Business School once again hosted this awards evening for successful young entrepreneurs on 19 March 2018. The Dragons' Apprentice Challenge programme is an annual award run by Community Central St Albans.
On 19 March 2018, Hertfordshire Business School once again hosted this awards evening for successful young entrepreneurs.
The Dragons' Apprentice Challenge programme is an annual award run by Community Central St Albans. The Challenge recruits teams of school students (the Apprentices), assigns them a business mentor (a Dragon) and then pairs them with a local charity. The teams are given £100 and challenged to come up with an idea to turn it into £1,000 or more. The Dragons provide advice and support to help their team achieve their business goal and funding target.
This year's senior team activities included: a food discount card, quizzes, fun run, bingo, candy cane delivery, paving slab selling, a school calendar, Christmas lunch delivery - and Christmas jumper wearing! The junior teams also produced a calendar, as well as making stress balls, holding a bake sale and a weekly cafe, organising a fun run and a school disco. All profits made by the teams go directly to their partner charity, which are local and varied and included Headway, Mencap, Citizens Advice, Willow Foundation, Earthworks, Mind, Small Acts of Kindness, Ollie Foundation, Daylight Club and Abbeyfield/Grace Muriel House.
The Challenge is now into its ninth successful year, and has also been rolled out throughout Hertfordshire. This year the Junior Dragons' Apprentice Challenge was run for the second time, enabling successful primary school Apprentices to receive their own special awards.
The Awards Evening took place at the Weston Auditorium and was co-organised by the Hertfordshire Business School and Community Central St Albans. Attendees included Apprentices and their families and teachers, as well as representatives from key businesses and charity organisations in the local area.
The special guest speaker was Naomi Riches MBE, Paralympic rowing gold medallist.
The outstanding success of the Dragons’ Apprentice programme has meant that over 2,000 young people have participated, built skills for life and contributed to their local communities. This year, the amount raised for charity was over £22,000 - an extremely impressive achievement. The grand total for the initiative is well over £600,000.