Loosely based on the TV series, The Apprentice, Community-Apprentice is an inter-school competition which requires young people to develop, and crucially demonstrate, the competencies most valued by employers.

There are two crucial differences: firstly teams of young people compete to make the biggest difference to their community, rather than profit; secondly, participants can only compete, and win, as a team. Because of this emphasis, Lord Sugar’s role is played by a local leader who can legitimately say that they are searching for a team to help them with their task to improve the quality of life in their city.


All activities in the ten-month programme are designed and facilitated to deliver three clearly defined outcomes: inner confidence (or self-efficacy), outer, or social, confidence and leadership/employability skills (grit, creativity, teamwork and communication). 

We achieve this through a structured combination of challenge and support.


Three cross-school challenges motivate teams using competition. These team-challenges are designed to build participants' confidence and enable them to practice the skills they have learned, for example working as a team against the clock or presenting to community leaders. They also provide milestones by which certain activities need to be completed which helps to keep teams motivated and on track. 

Young people also earn points for their team towards the overarching competition by completing personal skills challenges. These challenges require them to demonstrate that they have developed each of the skills in our syllabus.


Activity is young people-led: they decide what they want to do and how they want to do it. This is often the first time that young people have been given this level of autonomy and they are generally phased by it. Our role is to harness their enthusiasm for their cause to enable them to develop their confidence and skills.

Every team (of 12 young people) meets once a week with their Envision Coach who helps them to develop the skills they need to come up with their own ideas, solve their own problems and get stuff done.

Every team is partnered with a local business which provides them with mentors to offer advice and support. We facilitate four sessions with these volunteers in their workplace to enable them to support young people to develop their confidence and skills at crucial points in the programme as shown below.