The project raised over £11,000 for local good causes this year and is delivered by the CVS for Broxbourne and East Herts with great support from Broxbourne and East Herts Councils.
The Senior Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge began in September last year and engaged 75 year 12 students from 8 local secondary schools along with 15 representatives of the local business community and 15 beneficiary charitable organisations.
Six presenting teams were shortlisted from an initial entry of 15 and included teams from Freman College, Haileybury Turnford, Hertford Regional College, The Hertfordshire & Essex High School, Richard Hale School and The Sele School. The money they raised from organising a series of events, sales and other business ideas helped a number of local charities including CHIPS, The Counselling Foundation, Crest of a Wave, Future Living Hertford, Guideposts Trust, Headway Hertfordshire, Safer Places, TheGivingMachine and Bishops Stortford Winter Night Shelter. Teams from Cheshunt School and Robert Barclay Academy also took part.
The local business community provided mentoring support for the participating teams from organisations including Angels at Play, attend2health, Barclays Bank, Broxbourne Borough Council, East Herts Council, GC Sports Ltd, HCF Training & Development and Network Homes.
The presenting teams were assessed by a panel of ‘Super Dragon’ Judges that included Justine Perry – CEO of Cariad Marketing, Jeff Stack – CEO of Broxbourne Council, Michael McGrath – founder of the Muscle Help Foundation and international networking expert, Andy Lopata.