London's Boardroom Final, Community-Apprentice 2017

''You're hired!''

London's Boardroom Final 

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

The four teams were selected from 12, down from 23, in our Semi-Final event held at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. All teams were required to submit a Digital Story about their projects and gave impressive presentations to evidence the skills they had developed during the programme. The judges found the decision extremely difficult but ultimately selected:

  • Team Helping Hand from Paddington Academy, mentored by FLO Tideway Central, for tackling poverty facing families;
  • Team Disillusion from London Design & Engineering UTC, mentored by Tideway, for tackling drug abuse;
  • Team Solidarity from St Mary Magdalene Acedemy, mentored by Baringa Partners, for tackling discrimination; and
  • Team Game Changers from The Bridge Academy, mentored by UBS, for tackling gang crime by promoting positive local clubs and societies.

The wonderful Jennette Arnold OBE, and member of the London Assembly, took on the role of 'Lord Sugar' in our (much friendlier!) version of the Apprentice Boardroom.

In her boardroom, kindly held this year at the spectacular Leathersellers Company, she and her aides Jamie Ward-Smith, Chair of the Co-op Foundation and Ian Russell MBE, Master of the Leathersellers Company, asked young people probing questions about the impact of their projects, why they had chosen the issues they had, the evidence of the skills they had developed and the lasting legacy they hoped to leave.

It was not an easy decision, but after much deliberation with her fellow judges, Jennette Arnold finally selected Team Game Changers who particularly impressed her by their understanding of the complex problems within their local community of Hackney; problems which go way beyond their school, and their determination to make a difference despite considerable setbacks.

Watch the Digital Story that Team Game Changers made about their project to find out more about why they won: