Minister for Civil Society commends 'Community-Apprentice' programme

Envision Grad Travis Alabanza joined Bristol Mayor, George Ferguson, to tell the minister how Envision plan to recruit 1,000 young people to become ‘community-apprentices’.

The minister was visiting the city to hear about some of the innovative initiatives Bristol are delivering to encourage stronger and more cohesive communities, picking out Envision in a tweet following the event which said:

Envision Grad Travis Alabanza joined Bristol Mayor, George Ferguson, to tell the minister how Envision will be recruiting 1,000 young people to become ‘community-apprentices’. Kicking off in schools and colleges across Bristol this September, young people will be challenged to take on a community issue and develop creative solutions that they will deliver over the course of the 10-month programme.

Still sporting his Envision wrist band given to him by the Birmingham students who visited him at the Cabinet Office last week, Nick Hurd acknowledged the outstanding social action projects delivered by Envision in his opening speech.

Speaking after the event Nick Hurd said:

“Today was a real eye opener to the way in which Bristol is pulling together across the public, private and voluntary sectors for the good of the city.  It’s clearly a place with an ambitious vision for the future and it was fascinating to see and hear the practical steps that are being taken.”

The 'Community-Apprentice' initiative launched earlier this year at a special event hosted at Harvey Nichols and saw the Bristol Mayor taking on the role of ‘Lord Sugar’ in a short film parodying the popular TV series. Supported by the business community and private individuals the programme start in schools in September with the Mayor tracking the ‘community-apprentices’ progress as their social action projects develop.

Speaking about the ministers visit the Mayor said:

This was a good opportunity for Bristol to show the government how it is facing the future with ambition, drive and determination. Increasingly people from outside the area are recognising that this is a city where things are really happening and there is so much to celebrate in change for the better.

Envision Grad, Travis Alabanza, was an Envision participant this year, delivering a project that challenged the use of homophonic language using theatre performance. His team wrote and performed a series of theatre peices which they performed at school and has since been filmed by charity Reach and will be included in a national tool kit for teachers.

It was a great experience meeting Nick Hurd and I felt privileged to be there! I think it was important for him to see the vibrancy of Bristol and to hear about all the city is doing to build stronger communities. I think it’s important that people in general, realise they can make change. I am tired of the divide between ‘young people’ and ‘adults’ when we share one community, and I believe social action projects in a community help weaken the divide.

'Commununity-Apprentice' is still looking for more local businesses and individuals to get involved either through financial support or by sharing their expertise. If you'd like to find out more infromation please contact Bristol Regional Manager, Rachel Adams at rachel.adams@envision.org.uk or call 0117 315 5113