Commercial Director Jamie Allam has been presented with a Special Recognition Award for his role in the Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge 2017, leading his team to success in raising £1,045.89 for SW Herts Samaritans.
Jamie took the role of local business mentor (or Dragon) in the sixth form apprentice challenge, organised by the Centre for Voluntary Service (CVS) to link students from schools and colleges with local businesses and local charities.
The team from Oaklands College, named The Entrepreneurs’ successfully completed this year’s task to ‘turn £100 into £1,000 or more’ for its named charity SW Herts Samaritans.
Jamie was on hand to offer advice and access to resources where necessary, alongside their teacher Sara Little, to help them achieve their business goal and funding target. Both were recognised for their roles in the finale presentations.
Says Emma Gamble, Business Development Manager at The Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge: “The Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge has proven hugely popular since it started with three school teams in 2009. To date the challenge has created over £450,000 for local charities across Hertfordshire.
“We were especially impressed with Jamie and Sara’s commitment to the challenge, in actively encouraging The Entrepreneurs to understand a true business approach to profit making. This is not only in event management but also marketing and presentation skills, with the students gaining many invaluable key skills that will undoubtedly help them in their chosen careers.”
The Challenge, which ran from October – March, saw The Entrepreneurs run a range of events, including cake sales, items created and sold at the renowned St Albans’ market alongside a very successful ‘Healthy Body, Healthy Mind’ event held in January to promote better living.
Jamie added: “As a company, Amthal Fire & Security has always invested in the future, hiring many apprentices on an annual basis to ensure we can encourage job-specific skills and help a new generation in the local area to prepare and operate in the workplace environment.
“The opportunity to be a dragon was a huge honour and I am thrilled to have been recognised alongside Sara for our part in leading The Entrepreneurs to success. The students should be especially proud of their efforts and ability to raise funds and awareness of the important work of the Samaritans. I hope they will take valuable life lessons from the experience, from a business and social responsibility perspective.”
The Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge 2017 was additionally sponsored by The University of Hertfordshire, St Albans Chamber of Commerce and other local businesses.
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