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Envision launches the Community Apprentice-Health Challenge 2019-20

Envision launches the Community Apprentice-Health Challenge 2019-20 in partnership with the Birmingham and Solihull (BSol) Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP)

On Wednesday 18th September, Envision welcomed over 100 young people to Aston University to launch the 2nd Community Apprentice- Health and Wellbeing Challenge. The BSol STP supports this innovative programme which fits perfectly with its holistic vision for the citizens of Birmingham and Solihull to live healthy, happy lives.

Rachel O’Connor, Assistant CEO, BSol STP comments, “We are delighted to support Envision’s work developing young people’s key employability skills, giving them an insight into the world of work and in particular our health and wellbeing priorities. The Envision’s programme is a wonderful opportunity for young people to develop new skills whilst also making a positive impact on their community. We know that when young people are supported as they start their journey to adulthood and employment, it can also be beneficial for their overall health and wellbeing”.

The Community-Apprentice programme is loosely based on the TV show “The Apprentice” but rather than the focus being on profit and business, the participants compete in an inter-school competition to make the biggest positive difference in their local community.

“After the success of our pilot year, we are thrilled to re-launch the Community Apprentice- Health Challenge in Birmingham”, says Envision’s Regional Manager, George Kearney-Bambridge. She adds, “This project challenges young people to target some of Birmingham’s biggest health and wellbeing issues, where they design, plan and deliver a campaign to tackle that issue in their school and local community”.

Throughout this project young people are empowered to instigate the behavioral changes needed to make Birmingham and Solihull a healthier and happier place for local citizens.

Over the course of the next 10 months, staff from the BSol STP partner organisations will be supporting the young people to develop and deliver their campaigns through regular business mentoring sessions. The BSoL STP will also be supporting 10 young people with summer internship opportunities across the partner organisations, for the 10 young people whom have made the most progress across the keys skills of creative thinking, communication, teamwork, grit and self-efficacy.

Envision is a social mobility charity that empowers young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in Birmingham and Solihull. To find out more about Envision’s programme, please visit www.envision.org.uk or contact george.kb@envision.org.uk.

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