Students from The Mandeville School, accompanied by Director of CloudyGroup, David Hall, today proudly handed over the “Council Clean-Up” App they have built for Wolverton and Greenleys Town Council (WGTC).


The CloudyGroup “App-Prentice Challenge” team were honoured to have their App accepted by Town Mayor and WGTC Chairman, Councillor Adrian Moss, in an official handover ceremony at WGTC Town Hall.


The young entrepreneurs were able to discuss this unique work experience opportunity and how they had designed the App in response to a brief from Sally McLellan, Town Clerk of WGTC.


Sally McLellan, said: “It’s been an exciting journey working on this project with CloudyGroup’s “App-Prentice Challenge” tech prodigies. We’ve been delighted with the results of this community engagement piece. It’s a fitting follow-on from the success of the council modernisation work we did with Cloudy last year.


“We’re absolutely thrilled with the App the students have produced. We asked them to develop something to help WGTC serve our local community, and the innovative idea for a Clean-Up App these young people have come up hits the mark perfectly. Our council clean-up vehicle is ready for hire now so we can’t wait to release this vehicle bookings App for the Wolverton and Greenleys community to start benefitting from it.”


The App has been designed for WGTC council members to follow up on street cleaning requests from members of the public by alerting council officers to verify the requested work at the location with pictures and a digital sign-off. Once approved, council officers can hire the new state-of-the-art eco-friendly cleaning vehicle using the App’s built-in booking system.


The students have worked alongside CloudyGroup experts to create the App so that is has a simple, easy-to-use design. Using the skills honed from their experience on their school’s App-prentice Challenge, this specially selected group of students have had exclusive involvement in the real-world App building project; from initial client brief and conception through to development, testing and now handover launch.


Director of CloudyGroup, David Hall, remarks: “These young people are showing us that they’re our next generation of local tech entrepreneurs. We’re proud to be nurturing their understanding of the IT industry and helping them celebrate their new skills.


We supported them on the App-prentice Challenge at the Mandeville School last year and we’ve seen their passion grow as they’ve continued to work on App developments at our offices side-by-side with our team – many of whom started out as apprentices themselves.

This project is part of our wider Cloudy Enterprise Academy which was borne out of our belief in investing in the future of digital services and encouraging entrepreneurship. It’s a great example of how our Academy is developing students from grass roots coding clubs and school engagement projects to support their future educational and career prospects in opportunities we create through the fantastic network of partnerships we’ve built with local councils and education bodies.


We look forward to working with WGTC and other councils and local businesses on more IT modernisation and Cloudy Academy projects in future. Watch this space because we’ll soon have our prize-winning App-Prentice 2019 candidates emerging, chomping at the bit to do projects like this too.”


This year’s App-Prentice Challenge has more support than ever from schools and stakeholders. Existing partners: Bucks Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, Technovisual Education and Microsoft Education UK are joined by new sponsors: The Readiness Company, Study Higher and the University of Buckingham’s “Enterprise and Innovation Unit” as EntFest hosts the final winners’ showdown, where Nick Hewer formerly of BBC’s The Apprentice will be involved in the judging and Peter Jones CBE will award the overall winners.


If you are a council, business or school in Bucks and would like to get involved in CloudyGroup’s Enterprise Academy, email David Hall at

What is the Cloudy Academy?

The Cloudy Enterprise Academy coordinates coding clubs and digital education programmes (like the App-Prentice Challenge) in schools and connects them with local organisations to support young people to develop the skills they need to enter the modern digital workplace.  This results in a valuable provision of dedicated training, apprenticeship opportunities and real-world work experience to help young people enhance their employment skills and develop their passion for digital solutions, IT, telecommunications and creative media.

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