Boardroom Finals (London)

After ten months of commitment, compassion and overcoming challenges, five teams made it through to the finals of this year's Community-Apprentice competition in London.

The five teams were selected from 28 in a semi-finals which saw all teams submitting videos about their projects and giving presentations to evidence the skills they had developed during the programme.  The judges found the decision extremely difficult but ultimately selected:

  • St Martin In-The-Fields School, mentored by Tideway, for tackling teenage peer pressure;
  • Paddington Academy, supported by John Laing and mentored by Baringa Partners, for tackling a lack of opportunities for young people in their area;
  • Clapton Girls Academy, mentored by Brown Brothers Harriman, for tackling negative perceptions of their neigbourhood;
  • St Mary Magdalene Acedemy, mentored by Baringa Partners, for tackling food poverty; and
  • Cardinal Pole Catholic School, mentored by the RELX Group, for tackling issues around student funding for higher education.

The wonderful Jennette Arnold, until recently, Chair of the London Assembly, took on the role of 'Lord Sugar' in our (much friendly) version of the Apprentice Boardroom.

In her boardroom in the GLA, she asked young people probing questions about the impact of their pojects, why they had chosen the issues they had and evidence of the skills they had developed

It was not an easy choice, but after much deliveration with her fellow judges, Jennette Arnold finally selected Food Fighters who particularly impressed her by their understanding of problems within their community, beyond their school, and determination to make a difference despite considerable setbacks.

Islington has the second highest rate of child poverty among all boroughs in England. But whilst the poorest fifth of residents earn less than £15,000, the wealthiest fifth of residents have incomes over £60,000. Every day brings yet more wealthy people in to the borough for business and leisure. Hundreds of food shops and restaurants have emerged to cater for them, whilst poor people go hungry. This group of 16 year olds recognised this disparity and sought to do something about it. Here's a short film they made about their project: