Highland Schools Prepare for Hospice Apprentice Final Dates

24th January 2017

Fifteen teams from eleven Highland schools are putting the finishing touches to their business plans which will be judged next month in the finals of ‘Young Highland Apprentice’ and ‘Junior Highland Apprentice’.

This is the fourth year that secondary schools have participated in ‘Young Highland Apprentice’, while it is the first year that primary schools have been invited to take part in ‘Junior Highland Apprentice’.

Six budding young entrepreneurs make up each team and are given start-up costs to create their own enterprise to raise funds for Highland Hospice. Under the guidance of a teacher, teams have free range to develop their own appropriate business and can diversify as they wish, with the aim of making a return of at least 2:1. Their ideas this year include the creation of framed sunflower decorations, selling Christmas garlands, bake sales and selling branded hooded tops. 

Assistance has been given to some of the participating teams by Social Enterprise Academy, whose Education Co-ordinator Tracy Rennie said:
“We have worked closely with the pupils involved in setting up social enterprises and have been impressed with the professional manner in which they have approached the competition. The business ideas are innovative and creative and the skills developed by the youngsters fit perfectly with Developing the Young Workforce and CfE.”

The competitions which take place on Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 February will be judged by a panel.  Alison McRitchie, proprietor of the Head Gardener salon in Inverness, will lead the judges for the Young Highland Apprentice final, joined by Highland Hospice CEO Kenny Steele and Eilidh Edgar from Developing the Young Workforce Employer & Education. Colin Burke, Managing Director of Summer Isles Foods in Alness, will head the Junior Apprentice panel, joined by Heather Hughes, Head of Scotland's Enterprising Schools and Julie Douglas, Highland Hospice’s Finance Manager.

Highland Hospice’s Events & Community Fundraiser Katie Gibb said, “It is really exciting to have primary schools involved for the first time and I know that they have been working hard and have some great business ideas for us to see next month.  Both competitions provide such a great opportunity for children of all ages and it is fantastic to see this initiative go from strength to strength.”

Event details
Junior Apprentice 14/2/17 – Highland Council Chambers, Headquarters, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness
Young Apprentice 15/2/17 – Brahan Room, Highland Hospice, Bishops Road, Inverness

Participating Schools:
1. Crown Primary School x 3 teams
2. Beauly Primary School
3. Bishop Eden Primary School x 3 teams
4. Tongue Primary School
5. Poolewe Primary School
6. Fortrose Academy
7. Kinlochbervie High School
8. Tain Royal Academy
9. Nairn Academy
10. Inverness Royal Academy
11. Plockton High School

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