Boardroom Finals (Bristol)

Team Mental Health are crowned winners of the Bristol Boardroom Final 2016

Ten months ago George Ferguson, former Bristol Mayor (and our much kinder version of Alan Sugar), set the young people of Bristol a challenge; to make a positive impact on the lives of others.

Three inter-school challenges and 20 social action projects later four teams made it to the Boardroom Final of this year’s Community-Apprentice inter-school competition in Bristol. Along the way the teams were mentored by local businesses who acted as George’s ‘eyes and ears’, reporting back on their achievements. To reach the Boardroom, the finalists had to make it through the semi-finals by submitting a video about their projects and giving a presentation on the skills they had developed during the competition. The finalists were:

  • Team Mental Health (Ashton Park School), mentored by AXA and Thrings LLP, for their efforts to equip younger students with the information to tackle the stigma of mental health
  • Team Welcome (City Academy), mentored by Burges Salmon, for their heart-warming project to ensure refugees are welcomed with practical support when they arrive in Bristol
  • Team Roof (St. Mary Redcliffe and Temple School Sixth Form), mentored by Clarke Willmott, for their heroic efforts to tackle the rise in homelessness across the city
  • Together we can Stop Bullying (Merchant’s Academy), mentored by Lloyds Scholars, for the creation of a teacher resource film to highlight the negative effects of bullying.

In his boardroom George and his panel judged the teams on the impact they had made through their project, the skills they developed and the quality of their presentation.

This year’s Boardroom Final was undoubtedly been the toughest competition yet, with George commenting it was an “extremely difficult task” to choose the winner. After much deliberation the team that best proved they have what it takes to help make Bristol great were Team Mental Health from Ashton Park School.

The team delivered a project aiming to tackle the stigma around mental health. They collaborated with local charity, Off the Record, to produce a short film highlighting the positive ways young people can improve their own mental health. The film was used as a resource shown in secondary schools across the city and presented by the team to all the tutor groups in their own school. 

About the programme, which will launch again in September 2016 with the new Mayor Marvin Rees as the ‘Alan Sugar’, George Ferguson said:

Community-Apprentice has evidently been a huge success, not just for Envision, but for the students and the local community too. These young people can now go away with the vital skills they need to succeed in their careers and the business community will benefit in time from this next generation of valued employees.