Peter Neighbour owner of Home Instead Watford was recently invited to become a Dragon in The Dragon’s Apprentice Challenge 2013. This is a new community initiative from Watford &Three Rivers Trust. The Challenge, originally pioneered by St Albans and District CVS, provides a platform linking students from schools and colleges with local businesses and charities/ community groups.
Year 12 students are offered 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 or community group. Teams are matched with a local business mentor (their Dragon) and a local charity. Their challenge is to turn £100 into £1,000 for their designated charity. The challenge runs from October 2012 to March 2013, with judging by a panel of Super Dragons on March 26th
At the launch meeting earlier this month Peter was matched with Team Exceed from Queens School, Bushey and local charity Home Tasks, who help the elderly with home security and other small jobs around the home
Peter commented on why he had decided to become involved.
“I really like the idea of encouraging young people to understand just how much fun can be had in business as well as how rewarding and challenging it can be. Business is many things but it certainly isn’t boring. This is especially so if you run your own business and any initiative that encourages young people to experience it for themselves is worth supporting. I particularly like the fact that it has a charitable basis and that the practical outcome of the competition is that money will be raised for worthwhile causes. So every team will have achieved something of real value whether they win or not. That said I’m really looking forward to helping my team win”