Welcome to the official website of the Dragons' Apprentice Challenge, a community initiative from the Centre for Voluntary Service (CVS). The Challenge provides a platform linking students from schools and colleges with local businesses and local charities/community groups.

Having completed its 7th year the Dragons' Apprentice Challenge offers Year 12 students the opportunity to experience setting up and running a business, gaining organisational and job related skills and learning about the work and beneficiaries of their designated charity. When the Challenge commences teams of young people are matched with a local business mentor (their dragon) and a local charity or community group. Their challenge is to "turn £100 into £1,000 or more" for their designated charity/community organisation.

Following its initial success in St Albans and Harpenden, the Challenge has rolled out across Hertfordshire and into Cambridge. Under the guidance of CVS St Albans and District, a series of local hubs are being created to manage and run the challenge.   Businesses, charities and voluntary organisations within designated areas are invited to participate. For more information about these areas and how to participate please contact us. We're also interested in hearing from organisations who may consider running the challenge themselves outside Hertfordshire.  We're grateful to the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Graham Rowlandson Foundation for supporting the 6 hubs across Hertfordshire during the 2015/16 Challenge.

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becoming a dragon

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we'd like to participate

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would like to participate

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about organising our
own Challenge