What is Community-Apprentice?

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 however five crucial differences:

  1. Firstly teams of young people compete to make the biggest difference to their community, rather than profit.  

  2. Secondly, young people can only compete, and win, as a team. 

  3. Because of this emphasis, Lord Sugar’s role is played by a local leader with responsibility for the quality of life in the city.  In Bristol for example, the role is taken by elected Mayor George Ferguson.  You can watch him issuing his challenge to young people here :

  1. We're also looking for different traits to those celebrated on the TV programme. These include empathy, communication, resilience and problem solving.

  2. Unlike the TV programme where Karen and Nick are there to spot failings, every team has their own ‘Karen and Nick' to support them. These are volunteers drawn from local companies (click here to get involved) who help students reflect on their experiences and evidence their skills development.