Our students have earned positive praise from Birmingham’s business leaders in the Community-Apprentice Pitching Challenge.

We have one team entering the Community-Apprentice competition this year which is running in 15 schools across the city. Loosely based on the TV show The Apprentice, young people, working in teams, compete to develop, and crucially demonstrate, their skills whilst managing their own projects. But in this case, they compete not to see who can make the most money, but who can make the biggest positive impact on their community.

Turning ideas into action

Over the past few weeks the teams have been coming up with ideas and developing them into a practical plan. They have set a clear goal, identified relevant activities, allocated responsibilities, set deadlines, identified resources and produced a budget.

Team Insecurit-Me want to promote self-confidence in young people by holding workshops and a campaign in the city centre where they hope people will take away their positive messages. They also want to tackle other issues that stem from low self confidence, such as bullying and mental health issues through their project.

Pitch perfect

team insecurit-me

On Thursday 30th November, our teams pitched their ideas to local business leaders to get funding to help implement their plans as well as feedback to help them improve their impact.

The event was held in the intimidating surroundings of The University of Birmingham. 7 teams from schools from across the city pitched in front of each other as well as the panel giving students the opportunity to watch each other to help them learn what makes a successful pitch.

The panellists were all very impressed with the pitches, and Team Insecurit-Me even received a special mention for preparing for the pitch with significantly less time compared to other teams. One of the students, Shabnam, said “I found the pitching challenge challenging as it tested my confidence and how I can express myself. It was worth pushing myself to another limit I didn’t know I could!”.