Connect Dacorum is organising the Dacorum Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge 2014/15 which is the third year that this programme has been running in Dacorum. Last year was very successful with nearly 50 schools across Hertfordshire taking part and raised £83,820.  Dacorum had ten teams that finished the challenge and raised over £11,500 which benefited local charities in our area.  This year we are hoping that all the schools in Dacorum (including the private schools) take part.

Year 12 students from Dacorum secondary schools will be entering teams of up to 8 pupils as the Apprentices. The teams are challenged to turn £100 into £1000 or more for a Dacorum charity by means of business related ideas. The challenge starts in October and culminates in a finals evening at the end of March 2015.

Some schools may enter more than one team, so we are expecting to have around 12 to 15 teams in total.

We are therefore looking for a representative from up to 15 business mentors (the Dragons) from Dacorum companies and invite you to put your name, or one of your colleagues names, forward. If you have a company noticeboard or Intranet I would be grateful if you could add the details.

Your involvement would be twofold. Firstly the cost. You would need to provide £50 towards the initial £100 for the team. The other £50 will come from the charity. Also you will need to raise a cheque to DCVS for £200 as your participation fee. This fee covers the cost of the final event, certificates, prizes, etc.

Secondly, and most importantly, your time. Your representative will need to attend a minimum of five meetings as follows:-

  • Launch Event on Tuesday 23rd September 2014 at 4.30 at Astley Cooper School, where Apprentices, Dragons and Charities will be matched.
  • Three meetings with your Apprentices and Dragons during October and November. You all decide the dates and venues. More meetings could be arranged if it is felt that this is needed. You will help the Dragon mentor the pupils during this process.
  • The Finals evening on Monday 23rd March 2015 at 6.00pm at Shendish Manor Hotel in Apsley where certificates and prizes will be presented to the winning teams by the Mayor of Dacorum.

If you would like to take part as a Dragon in the 2014/15 Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge, or provide sponsorship support please register your interest by completing the attached form and send to Cindy Withey at Connect Dacorum via cindy.withey@dacorum.gov.uk.