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Abbeywood Graduation Story

Students evidence they have qualities Mayor looks for in city leaders

As previously reported in these news pages we have had two teams of students taking part in Bristol’s Community-Apprentice this year. This inter-school competition is a bit like The Apprentice on television. Young people have to develop, and crucially demonstrate, skills and personal qualities whilst managing their own projects. In this case, however, young people compete to benefit the community, rather than make the most profit.

Our teams have worked really hard since September researching problems, identifying an issue, planning what to do about it and overcoming a range of problems to make it happen. On Thursday 29th June the Mayor invited all 21 teams taking part across Bristol to City Hall to celebrate their graduation from the programme. Collectively this year the teams have volunteered over 7,000 hours to help their communities. Addressing the students in our Boardroom Final film Mayor Marvin Rees said (watch the full video here:

 “The good news is that you have all achieved… You have all demonstrated the kinds of qualities I look for in city leaders, the kind of people I want working alongside me”


Taking action to benefit others

The Anti-Blazing Squad organised a fayre in school to raise funds for three local charities that support people affected by drug abuse and at the same time raised awareness of the issue amongst the school community. Bin it to Win it ran a school wide litter pick with younger students and collected over 13 bags of litter in just one morning. You can watch a short three minute film about their projects here and here

Both teams were nominated for awards to recognise their outstanding skills development on the programme; Anti-Blazing Squad for Communication and Bin it to Win it for Teamwork. Lorne Mulley from Bin it to Win it was also nominated for the Outstanding Individual Contribution award for his excellent leadership skills.

Evidencing employability skills

The teams have been supported by mentors from Airbus UK and their Envision Co-ordinator to develop the confidence and competencies they need to succeed in life over the course of the programme. Envision asked all the young Community-Apprentices on the programme to tell them how they felt they had develop, these were the results: 

  • 98% feel more confident as a result of being on the programme
  • 96% feel that they are better communicators
  • 95% feel that they have become better at team working
  • 94% say that they feel able to demonstrate the skills that employers are looking for
  • 96% intend to put Envision on their CV or UCAS form
  • 97% now believe that their actions can make a difference

Each student who graduated received a personalised reference written by their business mentors detailing the skills they had developed on the programme. Jane Embling from Airbus UK said:

“The business mentoring sessions gave the young people a taste of the business world. It showed the students that the mentors were willing to believe in them, and therefore providing them the confidence to progress. My highlight has been seeing just how far the young people have come. From timid individuals at the start, to confident, resilient and enthusiastic young people by the end. They should be immensely proud of their achievements over the course of the programme, they are a credit unto themselves - take a bow Bin it to Win it & Anti-Blazing Squad”.