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The Apprentice Comes to Bedford

Tuesday 7th December 2010

 

A brand new project has come to Bedford, funded & supported by Bedford Borough Council and the East of England Development Agency (EEDA), called ‘The Pre-Apprentice Challenge’. Its aim is to give 25 16-19 year-olds, who are not currently in education or training, the necessary skills required to move into an apprenticeship or employment.

The Pre-Apprentice training programme is based on the television programme ‘The Apprentice’.


Youth Engagement Solutions (YES) are introducing the young participants to a number of different industries throughout the project to provide individuals with a broader knowledge of the working world and career paths within such industries as Hotel & Catering, Manufacturing, Media and Design.

 

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “This project could help propel young people into some exciting career paths. It will give them a platform to discover where their strengths may lie and explore the options available to them once they gain recognised qualifications as a result of taking part.”


Like ‘The Apprentice’, these young people are set weekly tasks by local businesses and other organisations.  The tasks focus on a topic relating to the industry that the group are exploring that week. They then work closely with dedicated mentors who support and guide them through their tasks. A winning group is chosen after each task and rewarded for their efforts. 

 

For example, the task last week was set by the management of the Park Inn, in Bedford and the participants had to produce and serve a three course meal. 

All of the young participants involved in the project will gain a minimum of a Level 1 BTEC in Employability.

This week (w/c 6th December) YES are focusing on Charitable Organisations and have teamed up with two local charities, SportsTraider and Family Groups. Both charities & Bedford Borough Council will support the ‘Pre-Apprentice Challenge’ teams who will be responsible for the marketing and selling of very reasonably priced goods outside of Boots from 10.00am - 3.00pm, on Wednesday 8th, and Thursday 9th December, in aid of each of the charities.

 

This exercise will not only help to raise funds and awareness it will also allow these young people to experience fundraising, marketing and gain first-hand retail experience.

 

If you would like any further information on ‘The Pre-Apprentice Challenge’, contact Chris Watson (at YES), on 01234 340782.

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