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Junior Apprentice competition starts in Edmonton
Edmonton has begun its search for a junior apprentice - with 19 candidates all hoping to be the one remaining at the end of the week.
Edmonton Green Baptist Church in Monmouth Road, Enfield is taking part in the annual London Junior Apprentice Scheme set up by Hebe Foundation, a Christian Youth organisation.
A total of 150 teenagers between 13 and 18 years old in five locations across London will battle it out regionally before the grand final in Holborn on Saturday with the winner claiming a work placement at a London firm.
As in the BBC television show, the 19 candidates from the Edmonton church will be set a number of tasks throughout this week such as double your money, designing an app and finding selected items until one candidate remains triumphant.
The competition is now in its seventh year, but this will be the first time Edmonton Green Baptist Church has taken part.
The church says the aim of this is to give young people a chance of employment.
Youth leader Daniel Shellingford said: “This gives the students the chance to speak to business people directly and get hands on experience. So many young people find it difficult to find work and we hope that this will give them grounds to really improve on their ability to get into work and we are coaching them in presentation and communication with future employers.”
Candidate Neresa Johnson, 15, of Hertford Road, said: “I entered the competition to get a feel of what the business world and we are getting hands-on approach with the winner getting work experience so there is a big opportunity.”
Fellow competitor Herman Kianfuca, 17, of Plevna Road said: “This gives us some time to work together as business people in a different environment instead of doing things we do as a youth club and it’s a good bonding exercise.”
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