Aylesbury Vale Academy Kick Off the App-Prentice challenge 2019 in Spectacular Form
The first App-Prentice Challenge 2019 took place on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th June at Aylesbury Vale Academy (AVA), setting a very high standard for the events to follow next week.
CloudyGroup partners from Technovisual Education, Bucks Skills Hub, Microsoft Education and The Readiness Company all supported the event along with new sponsors: Study Higher and the University of Buckingham, Buckingham Enterprise and Innovation Unit.
This increased number of supporting partners, coupled with the new digital strategy for the programme, has clearly made a positive impact that is producing an exciting buzz around this year’s Challenge that will culminate at EntFest 2019.
AVA put forward their Year 9 ICT students who stepped up to the task in exemplary fashion. With some help from marketing specialist, Alan Haley of Europa Communications, design and video guidance from Mark Vanstone of Technovisual Education and technical support using Office 365 and PowerApps from Fin Maloney of CloudyIT and Gary Garnett and Jen Wilson of The Readiness Company, the students produced some fantastic ideas. As well as creating an App proof of concept, a video advert, poster, exhibition stand and Vlog in just two days, some teams even showed extra initiative to create additional marketing materials such as leaflets to hand out at the Expo.
The panel of judges comprised of AVA Executive Principal Mr Burman and App-prentice Challenge sponsors from University of Buckingham and Study Higher, who all put the students through their paces as they listened to the team pitches and questioned the enterprise, entrepreneurship and innovation the students had employed on the project.
The final awards ceremony was presented by CloudyGroup Director, David Hall alongside AVA’s Outreach Programme Manager, Mr Anandavasagar, the Head of Year 9, Mrs Lloyd, and the school’s Executive Principal Mr Burman.
Some congratulatory words were given to conclude the event from the App-Prentice Challenge sponsors. Higher Education Liaison Officer, Jeffrey Asante, from Study Higher, was joined by Partnerships and Outreach Manager, Dean Jones, and Interim Dean of School of Computing, Harin Sellahewa, from the University if Buckingham’s Buckingham Enterprise and Innovation Unit who also reminded the students of the importance of their new-found skills to their future work and for differentiating them in their applications for Higher Education.
David Hall, Director of CloudyGroup, said:
“We can’t thank everyone involved enough. The proactive engagement we’ve had for the App-Prentice Challenge at AVA has surpassed anything we imagined and we’re absolutely delighted with the results. It certainly sets a high bar for next week’s events!”
“What is really great is that we have seen the students fully immersed in the Challenge; using the Microsoft tools, learning new business skills and collaborating in the same way they will soon need to use in Higher Education and the modern workplace.
“Not only have the students performed well with the project tasks, but their behaviour overall has been exceptional too. They have done their school proud. It’s been a real pleasure working with them and the whole team at AVA. We very much look forward to repeating this experience again in future.”
The Mandeville School take on their second year of the App-Prentice Challenge next week at the same time as Bucks University Technical College (BUTC) introduce the programme to their Year 10 group on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th June.
AVA’s Year 9 group has set a high standard for the next events to come. 86% of participating students gave feedback to say they were “very satisfied” with the event, and 82% rated their experience on the ApP-Prentice Challenge “extremely valuable” to their future career development.
We can’t wait to see how the teams from Mandeville School and BUTC respond to compete for the overall prize that will be judged by Nick Hewer and crowned by Peter Jones CBE at EntFest 2019 on Friday 28th June.