Between September 2013 to March 2014 North Herts CVS are staging the Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge with Year 12 students from schools and colleges within North Herts & Stevenage.

Teams of students (the Apprentices) will be set a challenge to turn £100 into £1,000 for a local community group or charity through developing a mini-business/enterprise. The teams may do this in any way they choose as long as they prepare a clear plan stating what their business idea is and how they aim to reach their target. The charity and Dragon partnered with the Apprentice team provide £50 seed funding, each, for the Challenge.

Each team will have a business mentor (Dragon), who provides support in the form of advice and access to resources to help their team achieve their business goal and funding target. All profits made by the teams go to their allocated charity/community group. An Awards event celebrating the achievements of the Apprentices will be held in March 2014. A number of Awards will be announced at the event.

Why get involved?

Getting involved in the Dragons Apprentice Challenge provides a cost effective, engaging opportunity for staff development and training. It creates an opportunity for your company to demonstrate its CSR credentials enhancing your reputation in the community, and promoting staff satisfaction, motivation and retention. It also provides an opportunity to work with young people who may become your employees of the future.

How to get involved:

If you would like to take part as a dragon in the 2013/14 Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge, or provide sponsorship support, please email Hannah Gray at deputydirector@nhcvs.org.uk and register your interest. Dragons will be paired with Apprentice teams based in geographical proximity. Charity / community groups will be paired with Apprentice teams at the launch event in September, through a blind draw. Requirements of the dragons are provided in out terms and conditions.