Birmingham's Boardroom Finals, Community-Apprentice 16/17

"You're hired!"

After 10 months, the 16/17 Community-Apprentice competition in Birmingham reached its end with the announcement of the winning team at the Graduation ceremony on 5th July 2017.

At the penultimate stage of the competition, the semi-finals, 15 teams were narrowed down to 4 with the support of a panel of judges from Highways England, Atkins and Service Birmingham, who assessed the impact each team made as well as their skills development.

Due to the high standard of the projects, it was a challenging decision but after much consideration, the finalists were announced as–

  • Team Breakout  – Hamstead Hall Academy for tackling the taboo of domestic violence
  • Team Odyssey – Handsworth Grammar School for raising awareness of depression
  • Team Positive Vibes  – University of Birmingham School for combatting negative stereotypes in their community
  • Team Hand on Heart - Holte School for tackling elderly isolation

These 4 teams presented for one last time at the Boardroom Final on the 14th June at the offices of Marks and Clerk (M&C) which hold stunning panoramic views of Birmingham. Ultimately, the decision was made by our very own Lord Sugar, Leader of Birmingham City Council John Clancy, with the support of his Chief of staff, Geoff Coleman and David Ward and Lynne Jackson from M&C.

Watch how all of the teams got on in the Boardroom:


After considerable deliberation, Team Break Out from Hamstead Hall were chosen as the winning team for going above and beyond to promote an extremely sensitive issue in a mature and measured manner within their school and out in the wider community.

Watch the Digital Story created by Team Break Out to see just why they won:


…and here’s some great images from our Graduation event where they were presented with their award.