Successful Pilot Goes National

September marked the national roll-out of our new programme for Year 10's across Birmingham, Bristol and London.

Young people part of the Community-Apprentice

The new programme kicked off with six launch events, each for five schools, in a busy and exciting week for Envision.

The young people heard pitches from local charities before dividing into teams to agree on which cause they wanted to support.  In the afternoon, the teams worked with volunteers from their partner business to develop creative ways to raise money from their employees.

This adapted version of Community-Apprentice has the same combination of the three elements included in our Year 12 programme: weekly group activities, mentoring from business volunteers and an interschool competition.  Young people develop their own social action projects, but in this case, they focus on fundraising for a cause of their choice. 

Much like the original programme, young people work towards their Community-Apprentice Boardroom challenge, where they must evidence both their social impact and the skills they have demonstrated during the programme.   Social impact is measured in terms of money raised and involvement in the local community.  Newly developed skills will be evidenced by the number of badges earned for completing personal challenges.  The challenges have all been designed to give the young people the opportunity to grow the skills within our syllabus; grit, confidence and teamworking.


Community-Apprentice logbooks containing stamps for completed challenges

The national roll-out is being supported by match funding for business partners by the Careers and Enterprise Company.

Claudia Harris, CEO of the Careers & Enterprise Company, said: 

“We are delighted to support the national roll-out of Envision’s KS4 programme. As one of the recipients of our 2016 match funding round, it is great to see Envision launching a new programme for Year 10 pupils in schools across Birmingham, Bristol and London.

The evidence clearly shows that a young person who has 4 or more encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training. By supporting careers activity providers, such as Envision through our match funding, we are taking steps to ensure that all young people have multiple encounters with the fast-changing world of work.”