Support Envision's Community-Apprentice Programme!

Support Envision’s superb Community-Apprentice Programme!

Posted by Andy Parker on January 31, 2018

Are you aware of Envision’s fantastic inter-school competition Community-Apprentice? The competition, loosely based on the hit BBC TV series The Apprentice, has students working in teams to raise money for a charity, while also developing key competencies (with the help of business mentors) that will be a major asset for their future careers. Brilliant.

I had the pleasure of being a judge for the final at the Adrian Cadbury Lecture Theatre (Aston Business School), appearing as a Nick Hewer or Karren Brady-esque sidekick to (Chair of Envision) Simon Loughe’s Lord Sugar. Simon and I (pictured below) were watching year 10 students (age 14-15 years) presenting to us, and we were both very impressed with the skills and confidence that these talented youngsters showcased!

The fantastic event had two Boardroom final events running at the same time on the day. The schools, their business partner, and the charity that the teams were raising money for are shown below:

Teams – Final #1

King Edward VI Aston School, GKN and Little Hearts Matter
Holyhead School (WINNERS), Highways England and Villa Rockets
Lordswood Boys School, Gensler (here in the CF) and Little Hearts Matter
Hodge Hill College, Lloyds and Little Hearts Matter


Simon Loughe – Chair of Envision
Andrew Parker – Custard Factory

Teams – Final #2

Holy Trinity Catholic School, Atkins and Midland Freewheelers
Hamstead Hall Academy (WINNERS), GKN and Midland Freewheelers
Ark Boulton Academy, NEC and Midland Freewheelers


Jacqueline Walcott – Highways England
Hannah Chapman – Lloyds

The winning teams Holyhead School (pictured below) and Hamstead Hall Academy – both of whom used a clever use of freeze frames in their talks – won a glass trophy for their superb presentations. Congratulations! Alan Sugar himself would have been impressed.

Furthermore, one youngster from each school was awarded a £20 Nandos voucher from a prize draw of those who had achieved an ‘activist’ badge and one from each room won an iPad from a prize draw of those who had achieved the highest badge of ‘change maker’! These badges were based on how many personal challenges the young people complete.

Envision have just launched their new cohort of 10 schools for the new programme last week, which will run from January to April. Very exciting!

The Custard Factory supports this fantastic programme for young people…and we hope to see many of these young people working here in Birmingham’s Creative Quarter over the next few years.

Visit Envision to find out more about Community-Apprentice: