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Bristol Community Apprentice Inter-school Competition

Students evidence they have qualities Mayor looks for in city leaders

As previously reported in these news pages we have had three teams of students taking part in Bristol’s Community-Apprentice this year. This inter-school competition is a bit like The Apprentice on television.  Young people have to develop, and crucially demonstrate, skills and personal qualities whilst managing their own projects. In this case, however, young people compete to benefit the community, rather than make the most profit.

Our teams have worked really hard since September researching problems, identifying an issue, planning what to do about it and overcoming a range of problems to make it happen. On Thursday 29th June the Mayor invited all 21 teams taking part across Bristol to City Hall to celebrate their graduation from the programme. Collectively this year the teams have volunteered over 7,000 hours to help their communities. Addressing the students in a film at the event Mayor Marvin Rees said:

“The good news is that you have all achieved… You have all demonstrated the kinds of qualities I look for in city leaders, the kind of people I want working alongside me”

School success in competition

In June team Je Suis Humain competed against 3 other schools in the Community-Apprentice Boardroom Final hosted by the University of Bristol. The team were selected from all the teams across the city to take part as they proved they had made a big difference to their community and themselves. The competition was the toughest yet and although the team missed out on being chosen as the winners the Mayor praised them for the empathy they demonstrated in supporting a local women’s shelter with donations and fundraising. You can watch a film of the Boardroom Final here: http://bit.ly/2tE1YwG.

Our other teams were also recognised at the Graduation event. Team e-Race beat five other nominees to win the award for Resilience and Problem Solving and members Aneesa Raza and Kristina Brocklebank were nominated for the Outstanding Individual Contribution Award for their commitment to the programme. Team Mental were nominated for the Organisation Award.   

Evidencing employability skills

The teams have been supported by mentors from Great Western Railway and their Envision Co-ordinator to develop the confidence and competencies they need to succeed in life over the course of the programme. Envision asked all the young Community-Apprentices on the programme to tell them how they felt they had develop, these were the results:

  • 98% feel more confident as a result of being on the programme
  • 96% feel that they are better communicators
  • 95% feel that they have become better at team working
  • 94% say that they feel able to demonstrate the skills that employers are looking for
  • 96% intend to put Envision on their CV or UCAS form
  • 97% now believe that their actions can make a difference

Each student who graduated received a personalised reference written by their business mentors detailing the skills they had developed on the programme. Carys Thomas, a mentor from Great Western Railway said:

“THE MATURITY AND CONFIDENCE IN WHICH ALL GROUPS PRESENTED WAS HIGHLY THOUGHT OF NO MORE SO THAN BY SOME OF GWR'S SENIOR MANAGERS. THE SKILLS THEY GAINED WILL TRULY STAND THEM IN GOOD STEAD FOR EMPLOYMENT. I HOPE THEY ARE ALL PLEASED WITH THEIR REFERENCES AND USE THIS EXPERIENCE IN FUTURE APPLICATIONS. NOT EVERYONE IS ABLE TO ACHIEVE SUCH GREAT WORK WHILST BALANCING SCHOOL AND EXAMS. TRULY WELL DONE TO THEM ALL!”

Please find the link for the GWR impact report 2016/2017 here: Colstons-Girls-School-and-GWR-2016-17-1.pdf