The Apprentice Challenge 2022!

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The Apprentice Challenge 2022

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The Apprentice Challenge is an annual event we do in the Sixth Form in order to stretch and challenge our Year 12 students as they get prepared to go into Year 13. It is based on the tv show with a simplified format - students get given a task to do during the day, then ‘Lord Sugar’ (aka Mr Manktelow) dissects the task the next day and fires those who need firing!

This year The Apprentice Challenge attracted 16 candidates from Year 12 - all competing to be Lord Sugar’s next apprentice and aiming to win a prize fund of £80. The tasks were designed to be both challenging and fun and to help the pupils in Year 12 to develop their team-building skills, resilience and independence. The tasks this year were as follows:

Task One - The first task was to design a set of six “mental health awareness” cards for a member of Senior Management to buy, or not, as the case may be! This proved to be a real challenge for some of the teams. Some of the teams used their initiative and some did not! Any money raised was donated to MIND to support our ‘May walkathon’ grand total.

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Task 2 - The second task was a lesson on viral marketing. The four teams had to choose a charity and raise as much awareness as possible for it via creating a ‘Tik Tok’ video. The winner would be the group with the most views within 24 hours! After a challenging firing, where candidates were really put through their paces and made to justify why they should remain in the competition, the next challenge was launched.

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Task 3 - This task involved having to pitch an idea on what they think Bethany’s next development should be. Ideas were creative – a school farm, a mental health hub, a lunchtime gym, and a Psychology/Sociology hub! All four teams worked well together and pitched their ideas professionally to a panel made up of SMT members.

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Task 4 – After some ‘rapid fire firing’ from Lord Sugar on Day 4, the candidates were reduced to the final 4 – namely Laura McGee, Ibukunoluwa Olagunju, Charlotte Ensor and Beth Kuhepa. The final task involved being interviewed by the Head of HR, Ms Carter. They were asked questions on their involvement in the four challenges, their strengths and weaknesses and why they should win the competition. They then had to face the wrath of Lord Sugar for one final time the next day, and then the winner was announced. Congratulations goes to Beth Kuhepa who beat off the opposition and won the competition!!

Mr Duff, Head of Enterprise, Head of 6th Form, Boarding Assistant

Quotations taken from a few of the finalists submitted before the ‘hiring’ process :

  • The apprentice challenge was a difficult but enjoyable experience. It gave me the opportunity to work with my peers as a team as well as some friendly competition. The competition challenged me in many aspects primarily leadership and public speaking, however it has helped me improve these skills and I would definitely recommend taking part to any future applicants.

  • The apprentice challenge for me was a brilliant experience which helped me develop skills I didn't know that I needed. It allowed me to both be a leader of a group and be a member of a team. It allowed me to learn from other peoples’ mistakes and successes. It has helped me with thinking on the spot and my public speaking skills. Even though I found the challenge stressful at times, I would defiantly recommend others to get involved in it as you never know how well you will do.

  • The apprentice challenge put me out of my comfort zone, I practiced skills like public speaking, leadership and teamwork. I talked based my activities on mental health and well-being and made a fair impact on the school. Overall it was an extremely positive experience for me. The skills I developed during this apprentice competition will definitely benefit me for any future endeavours I take part in. To any Year 11s reading this thinking about entering the competition next year, I strongly urge you to do so. You will have lots of fun and it will build your character. It was 100% worth it!

  • The apprentice challenge was a slightly stressful experience but was 100% worth it . I loved the highly competitive challenges and working with new teams. It was very rewarding to look back at what we had achieved by the end of each day. The competition really pushed me and it was a lot of fun!