R E S Apprentice Competition 2015


R E S Apprentice competition has run for the last 10 years and is open to any student in the sixth form who wishes to take part upon submitting a written application.

Now in its 10th year, this competition sees students face 3 gruelling rounds working in groups, pairs and then individually throughout the competition. Following a series of eliminations at each round the remaining 4 go through to face an individually based task, their presentations of which we will see at the Grand Final on Friday 6h February 2015. The final this year is at Hersham Place Technology Park in their newly refurbished Auditorium.

The ideas for the rounds come from our business sponsors and are mostly based on a real life issue or an area that the business is currently looking at. Throughout the competition students are encouraged to be entrepreneurial, articulate, committed and confident and need to impress each time.

These rounds are either based at the business premises themselves or in the R E S Business and Enterprise Suite.   Students are given the task in the morning which they work on throughout the day and then present their ideas/findings to the selected judges in the afternoon. The unlucky group/s from the day will be fired whilst the rest go through to the next round.


The 2015 Competition

Round 1: – Hersham Place Technology Park – 30th September 2014

Fasset Account Manager Mitch Avis very kindly offered to support this competition once again and comments “Fasset has supported this competition for the last 5 years and is delighted to again be part of this exciting business challenge”.   He set the task for Round 1 which was to create an initiative to work on measuring excellence in everything they do and more importantly identify ways to continue to improve the operations each and every staff member provides every day.

Students had to give their initiative a ‘name’ and come up with ideas as to how the existing 27 Fasset staff members would buy into their ideas and whether they are feasible to run as well as being cost effective. Mitch and Richard Berry were on the judging panel and gave valuable feedback to the students and praised them on their outstanding and professional manner. One team was fired leaving 12 students to go through to the 2nd round.

Round 2: The Bingham Hotel – 14th & 15th October 2014

The beautiful Bingham Hotel along the Thames riverside in Richmond was the setting for the 2nd round of the Apprentice competition 2015. We were welcomed to the hotel by General Manager, Erick Kervaon who set the students their second task.

Every year the BBC hold their Good Food Festival at Hampton Court Palace over the 3 day August bank holiday weekend. Last year The Bingham Hotel created a ‘Pop-up restaurant’ for the 3 days to serve 10,000 festival goers. This was the inspiration behind the task Erick was to put to our students.

The 12 students were tasked to design and create an example of how their pop-up restaurant will look, considering layout, colours and design in keeping with The Bingham Hotels style. Students also had to design and create a menu that would be sold during the days of the festival whilst keeping to the standards of the Bingham dining experience.
Marketing and promotion were also something that students had to consider to entice as many customers as possible to their ‘pop-up restaurant’. Presentations were to last no more than 7 minutes and were to be judged on their Innovation and Ideas, the Practicality, their Presentation Skills, Questioning and Teamwork and the Overall Effectiveness. Whilst Erick was very impressed with all the teams’ presentations, thoughts and ideas only 2 teams could go through to the next round and one team was fired.

Round 3: IBM Hursley – Emerging Technology Laboratory – 17th November 2014  
Met by Paul Archer, Big Data Business Development Manager, students were delivered their task for the day.

During the day students were going to be shown and have hands on experience of some of the emerging technologies being developed for businesses already by IBM. Working in pairs their task was to come up with and then present an alternative potential market or selection of businesses that one of these could then be sold to, and ultimately stand the best chance of success. The judging criteria were to be based around Innovation, Business Application, Business Reach and Overall Presentation and Questioning and presentations were to be no longer than 5 minutes.

Taking ideas from the innovation centre and from Paul Archer, students had some great ideas which would help Schools, Supermarkets, the Police Force and Emergency Services with their surveillance systems, cloud solutions and a stock sensory response system. Some very well thought through ideas and great presentations. 1 team was fired which left 4 students to now face the Grand Final.

We welcome Paul back to sit on the judging panel alongside Mitch Avis from Hersham Place, Erick Kervaon from The Bingham Hotel and Geoff Rolls, RES Chairman of Governors at the Final on the 6th February at Hersham Place Technology Park.


Our 2015 RES Apprentice Finalists are:

Will Whitmore

Louisa Jack,

Connor Scott

Matthew Squelch

For information about being involved with The Apprentice Competition please contact Sarah Maton, Business Liaison Manager on either 01932 242994 X361 or email smaton@rydens.surrey.sch.uk


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