Churchill helps local students take up the apprentice challenge

Churchill Retirement Living is joining forces with school children in Hertfordshire to raise money for local charities in a Dragon’s Den style competition.

Greg Hilton, regional MD of Churchill’s Eastern region which is based in St Albans, is mentoring Year 12 students from John F Kennedy R.C. School in Hemel Hempstead as part of the Connect Dacorum Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge.  The students, with help from ‘Dragon’ Greg will be putting their entrepreneurial skills to the test in a bid to raise money for the Volunteer Centre in Dacorum; a charity which helps more than 470 other local groups to find the volunteers they need to keep vital services running.

Each team are tasked with developing business strategies and delivering their ideas to turn £100 of seed capital into £1,000 or more, with all profit generated going directly to the team’s charity.

Churchill Regional MD Greg Hilton, comments: “This is a really exciting project that not only helps prepare the next generation of entrepreneurs but also raises much needed funds for some very worthwhile local charities.  I’m really looking forward to working with the team from JFK over the next five months to come up with some great ideas and hopefully raise lots of money for the Volunteer Centre.”

Over the next few months the team will work closely to devise business based projects to raise money and awareness for their charities. With guidance from their Dragon, the team will learn about entrepreneurship, managing a business, communications, finance, organisation and other job related skills, all of which will be of positive and practical value in the next stage of their education and development.

After the final reports have been judged by a panel of Super Dragons, six teams will be shortlisted to deliver a presentation at the awards event in April 2016, in a bid to become the overall winner of the 2015/16 Challenge in Dacorum. 

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