City Hall opens its doors to Bristol’s Community-Apprentices

Having demonstrated the qualities that the Mayor “looks for in city leaders” it was only fitting for our Bristol Graduation event to be help in the inspiring surroundings of City Hall.


21 teams from 10 schools gathered to celebrate the collective impact they have made in communities across Bristol. This year the teams have tackled some of Bristol’s biggest real-life problems from litter to homelessness. Every student who graduated also received a personalised competency reference; written by a business mentor to recognise their individual journey and the skills they developed as a change-maker.

The Mayor joined us to announce the winners of this year’s Community-Apprentice; Team Regen from Fairfield High School, who were expertly mentored by Burges Salmon. This team made the case for why they should win amidst tough competition at our Boardroom Final earlier in June. The journey doesn’t stop here for Team Regen as Great Western Railway and Burges Salmon will support them to design a city-wide poster campaign persuading the public to clean up Bristol’s streets. 

The Mayor’s ‘eyes and ears’ our business mentors also came along to support their mentees. This year 90% of young people on the programme reported that their confidence improved as a result of the sessions with their business mentors. The event recognised the difference our mentors made to the lives of young people in the city; St. James’s Place Wealth Management were awarded ‘Supporting Organisation of the Year’ whilst Carys Thomas from Great Western Railway received the title of ‘Business Mentor of the Year’;

It's been amazing seeing the team grow and the value the Community-Apprentice program has on both the individuals and the community

The afternoon was a huge success, a student from the winning team said they enjoyed:

the chance to get together with people that want to make a change just like us!

As the Mayor said Community-Apprentice has provided young people with the opportunity to make an impact on the city and people of Bristol whilst developing the qualities of city leaders which will stand them in very good stead as they go forward in their lives.