Six Wiltshire Council apprentices have beaten off stiff competition to reach the final of a Dragon’s Den style challenge for National Apprenticeship Week.
The team were taking part in the South West Apprenticeships Business Challenge 2016 and were tasked with producing a 10 minute presentation to demonstrate why every UK business should employ an apprentice.
The teams were given three hours to create and deliver a presentation in front of three judges to convince them to take on an apprentice and explain how it would benefit them.
Each team presented to the audience and judges from local business. The judges then involved them in a question and answer session. The Wiltshire Council apprentices who had called themselves Mighty Wilts were delighted to hear they had reached the final with very positive feedback from the judges.
Apprentice Megan Mounty said: “The judges said they noticed how well we acted as a team. We worked on each other’s strengths and weakness to give a really good, strong, persuasive presentation. Their final deciding factor was the team working so well by delegating equal parts to give a positive presentation.”
Apprentice Damion Godwin added: “I feel there is no stopping us as a team and this is just the start.”
The team were each presented with a golden ticket to the final, to be held at Bristol Science Park on Monday 21 March.
Fleur de Rhe-Philipe, cabinet member responsible for economic development and skills said: “Congratulations to our apprentices who showed excellent teamwork and delivered an impressive presentation. I wish them well in the next round.”
The event is organised by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with employers and training providers and is one of a number of events around National Apprenticeship Week from 14 – 18 March. For more detail go to www.tiny.cc/NAW16