As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2016, Gloucestershire County Council's Adult Education team will be entering a team of apprentices in the Apprenticeship Business Challenge.
Teams of apprentices from local training providers will be given a practical business task and asked to present a solution to a team of local business 'dragons' in a similar way to the TV programme, The Apprentice.
The Gloucestershire event, on Tuesday 8th March, will involve teams of apprentices from Gloucestershire based training providers.
There are five apprentices sponsored by Gloucestershire County Council, with an additional team member put forward by Gloucestershire G-Dance.
Other local events within the South West will run simultaneously at a venue in Wiltshire and another in the West of England. The winning team from each local event will then go forward to the regional final.
Judges will include: Ian Mean, director of Business West Gloucestershire, Ruth Dooley, a partner at Hazlewoods, Lisa Moseley, HSBC relationship manager, business banking and Sam Holliday, South West Manager, Federation of Small Businesses.
The regional final will take place at The Bristol and Bath Science Park on Monday 21st March 2016.
Cllr Paul McLain, cabinet member for children and younger people, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for people to show their talent and ingenuity. We have a huge amount of talent in our county and this is a great showcase.
"Apprentices across Gloucestershire are a vital part of many companies and a great way to learn in a practical approach. I hope everyone competing in the challenge enjoys the experience."
Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, GFirst LEP, is also running a skills show on 12th March which will be beneficial to all potential apprentices. The event will take place 9am - 1pm.
For more information and to book your place visit http://www.glosskillsfest.co.uk/ [link expired].