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Mahesh, MSc in Management, Cranfield School of Management

"The overall experience of the National Apprentice Challenge was something the team will never forget. The tasks we were involved in gave us a very meaningful insight into the life in a business environment and helped us learn more about our key strengths and areas of improvement."

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Lewis Barnes final year BA (Hons) Business & Management, Birmingham City University

"The best part of my experience was being put under intense pressure to formulate a viable business plan in a short time and then pitch it to experienced professionals who would really grill your idea. That kind of experience was invaluable – Gave me confidence for the next pitch I have to deliver"

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“I have learnt so much in the short period of time and will be able to carry this into other aspects of life both with in business and in my future career. The entire experience was a learning curve, overall invaluable and I would sincerely recommend others to take it on as well.”

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“The National Apprentice Challenge 2013 was certainly one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences of my life and to win it was a real honor. I learnt a great deal about business and how to cope with situations I was not used to. I also learnt a lot about team work and not only having to work well within my individual team but having to work with our competitors which wasn't always an easy task.“

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Vanessa Clarke, Director of Undergraduate Leadership Development Programmes - Birmingham City University

“This is the first time we have entered the National Apprentice Challenge and I have been impressed by the professional approach of the organisation. National competitive events such as this are so important in enabling our students to show employers the evidence of how they have developed their business skills...  The feedback of our students has been excellent and we eagerly await putting teams together for next year's competition.” 

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Matthew Colebourne, Director, Trinity Mirror Group

“I am amazed by the quality of the participants in National Apprentice Challenge! Candidly I think there were 4-5 people that I would certainly be interested in taking on board as part of our group.”

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Adam Bradford

“The National Apprentice Challenge demonstrated a flair and commitment to the development of entrepreneurs which was truly selfless and inspiring. The event presented worthwhile opportunities to develop and foster the enterprising spirit, in turn showcasing the raw entrepreneurial and creative spirit of all those involved in making it happen.”

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Gok Ekinci

“The National Apprentice Challenge is something I would recommend to any aspiring or current entrepreneur who is looking not only to win but also to learn. Every business skill from buying/selling goods, negotiating to working under pressure was incorporated into the competition. If you are looking to start a business and are slightly unsure, enter the National Apprentice Challenge and by the end of it you will learn every key element to running a basic business. Elements such as economics, marketing and organisational behaviour were all tested in the challenges and can be incorporated into university studies.”

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Ilona Brodovska, BA International Relations, University of Nottingham

“Taking part in NAC was an unforgettable and very valuable experience.  The tasks were very intense but the fact that they were practical helped myself and my team implement the knowledge that we gained throughout our degrees and discover our key strengths.  I feel inspired by the competition and decided to take my idea further, especially as I have also received a grant of £1,000 and business mentoring. “ 

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“The programme definitely inspired me and made me super confident. It also helped me get the job I wanted as my employer was impressed with all the skills that I developed during this program. I use a lot of the skills I learned from the challenges on a day-to-day basis and the confidence I gained inspired me to consider starting my own venture soon”.

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Gregoris Loizou

“The National Apprentice Challenge helped me get the job I wanted. In my interview I gave a lot of examples of different skills I learnt from the programme and to be honest my employer was very impressed.”

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Bethany Pain

“Taking part in the programme was a great opportunity and the sponsors gave brilliant feedback and I really enjoyed the tasks in the Final.” (Bethany Pain, Winner 2013, Newcastle University)