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5th January 2016

This year, two groups of students from St Brendan’s are taking part in The Community Apprentice with Envision. 

Team Unity

Team Unity

St Brendan’s students have worked with Envision for a number of years now – an organisation which enables young people to develop the skills they need to succeed in work and life.

As a part of The Community Apprentice programme, two teams of St Brendan’s students entered the ‘Dragons Den’ to pitch their project ideas to senior business leaders from across the city in December.

Loosely based on the TV show the Apprentice, teams of young people from schools across Bristol compete to develop their skills whilst managing their own projects. Competing not to see who can make the most money, but who can make the biggest positive impact on their community.

St Brendan’s Team Resilience are concerned by the growing number of homeless people in Bristol. You can watch their film at

Meanwhile, Team Unity are worried about the issue of self-harm. You can watch their film at

The teams, along with 18 other groups from across the city, took part in the pitching challenge which was held in The Grand Hotel, Bristol. Students were pitching for grants for their projects and feedback and advice from dragons about how they can make their projects most successful.

The dragons were impressed with the teams’ pitches and awarded the full £100 to each, to help execute their project.  The teams will now be able to use this funding to get their projects off the ground, and ensure the greatest possible positive impact on their community. We will keep you up to date on how they get on!

(Article by Emma Tinkerbell – Envision Coordinator)