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The Dragons Apprentice Challenge for 2022/23 has now been launched

Connect Dacorum are currently recruiting Dragons to take part in the next challenge which will commence at the end of September.

Next year will be the 10th year of the programme that Connect Dacorum has run and so far they have raised £99,475.47 for local charities, so in the next challenge they are aiming to get over the £100,000 mark.

This would be a huge achievement – 10 years and over £100,000 raised. 

So what is the challenge? -  Year 12 students from Dacorum (and beyond) secondary schools will be entering teams of up to 8 pupils as the Apprentices.  The teams are challenged to turn £100 into £1000 or more for a Dacorum charity by means of business-related ideas. The team is matched with a business mentor (the Dragon) and also a local charity. The challenge starts in October and culminates in a finals evening in April 2023.  Some schools may enter more than one team.

They are therefore looking for business mentors (the Dragons) from local companies and invite you to put your name, or one of your colleagues names, forward.  If you have a company noticeboard or Intranet they would be grateful if you could add the details.  The Dacorum Challenge is becoming more popular that they are being asked by schools outside the area if they can take part. Therefore Dragons are also needed in the the St Albans and Harpenden area.

The Dragon’s involvement would be twofold. Firstly the cost. You would need to provide £50 towards the initial £100 for the team. The other £50 will come from the charity. There is also a £200 participation fee. This fee covers running the challenge and the Awards event - certificates, trophies, etc.

Secondly, and most importantly, your time.  Your representative will need to attend a minimum of five meetings. However, the most successful teams have met on a regular basis from October to February to keep motivation and organisation going, although some of this can be done via emails and WhatsApp. If you think you could spare the resource and time for the challenge, do register your interest. 

So why should you take part?  Participation in the Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge offers a win-win opportunity for all parties involved, creating the opportunity for excellent partnerships between local community groups and charities, businesses and young people, creating a stronger community over the long term. It provides a structured means to promote and encourage engagement between charity/community groups, local businesses and schools. It helps raise the profile of your organisation and the third sector in the area and it is a great development tool for an employee’s continual professional development.

You can check out The Dragons Apprentice Challenge page and details of last year’s awards night here
If you would like to sign up or have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Cindy Withey 


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