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