Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge returns to Welwyn Hatfield schools and colleges

This year's Super Dragons and mentors with mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, councillors and council officers. Picture credit: Kevin Lines.

This year's Super Dragons and mentors with mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, councillors and council officers. Picture credit: Kevin Lines.

Kevin Lines

A popular challenge that allows youngsters to connect with Welwyn Hatfield businesses, charities and community groups has returned for its sixth year.

The Onslow St Audrey's team. Picture credit: Kevin Lines.The Onslow St Audrey's team. Picture credit: Kevin Lines.

The 2017/18 Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge, in which teams of pupils compete to become the overall winner, launched at a special event on Monday at the Focolare Centre in Welwyn Garden City.

The event showcased the school and college teams (the Apprentices) taking part this year and their partner charities.

It also introduced the Dragons, local business experts who will mentor the teams, and Super Dragons who will be judging the teams on their efforts.

Each school/college has a team of up to eight students who must transform £100 into £1,000 or more for their charity.

The Oaklands College team. Picture credit: Kevin Lines.The Oaklands College team. Picture credit: Kevin Lines.

They will learn vital business skills by marketing a product or service that they develop through fundraising events and other means, guided each step of the way by their Dragon.

An awards ceremony is set for March 2018 at Barclay’s headquarters in London, where a number of Super Dragons will judge the winner.

The team that generates a profit by being the most creative and entrepreneurial will come out on top.

This year the Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School team will be advised by the ComputaCenter and will raise money for WGC-based charity the Willow Foundation.

The Monk's Walk team. Picture credit: Kevin Lines.The Monk's Walk team. Picture credit: Kevin Lines.

The Chancellor’s School team will be guided by the Royal Vet College to raise £1,000 for Animal Care Trust.

Oaklands College students are set to be advised by Accolade Measurements and will donate the money they raise to Keech Hospice.

The Onslow St Audrey’s team will be guided by Hatfield Rotary Club to raise funds for Herts Action on Disability.

Monk’s Walk School pupils will look to Affinity for Business for guidance on their mission to raise money for The Big Cat Trust.

The Chancellor's team. Picture credit: Kevin Lines.The Chancellor's team. Picture credit: Kevin Lines.

Sir Frederis Osborn School pupils will be advised by Grace Foods to raise money for Bullying UK - Family Lives.

The Stanborough School team will be guided by PayPoint to raise funds for Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Hotline.

Councillor Bernard Sarson, executive member for business, partnerships and public health, said: “The teams have produced some incredible amounts of money for their partner charity in the last couple of years.

“They’re set to learn some vital team-building, project management and organisational skills that will be very useful for their future lives.

The Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School team. Picture credit: Kevin Lines.The Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School team. Picture credit: Kevin Lines.

“I wish all the teams every success, and look forward to keeping an eye on their progress.”

There are new charities joining the challenge this year, including Animal Care Trust, Big Cat Trust, Domestic Abuse Hotline, Bullying UK – Family Lives and Herts Action on Disability (HAD).

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