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RES Apprentice 2016 Round 3

RES Apprentice 2016

Round 3 - The Bingham Hotel, Richmond, Surrey

The 3rd round of this year's competition saw our return to the beautiful Bingham Hotel by the riverside in Richmond upon Thames.

This boutique hotel is one of London’s most unusual. A Georgian townhouse overlooking the Thames, the Bingham Hotel is a chic retreat for romantic getaways, a gourmet bolt hole for gastronomic experiences, and a unique wedding and events venue.

Upon arrival we were met by General Manager Erick Kervaon who gave the students an interesting talk about the background to the hotel and to some of the new businesses he has recently been involved in setting up, with particular interest to The Alliance of Independent Restaurants (A.I.R.). This is a new concept dreamt up by Erick in response to supporting and working with independent restaurants to help them as a group, compared to the larger already established chains of restaurants. A.I.R will support with procurement, HR & Legal work, Support Network and PR & Marketing. There is a joining fee of £350 per year and Erick and the 6 other shareholders guarantee that this will be returned through helping get cheaper prices for their food drink and insurance.

The student's task in this round of the competition was to come up with some creative and innovative ideas to help Achieve members of 100+ in the first 3 months of launch. Ideas were then to be pitched to Erick, taking into consideration methods, time frames, cost and financial implications.

RES Apprentice 2016 Round 3

Team 1 – Hayden Nicholls & Owen Nicholls
Hayden and Owen had the idea of offering various levels of membership ~ Diamond, Platinum, Jade & Gold with each type giving you different benefits such as higher perks, better publicity, links to their own websites and invites to exclusive events. This was to try and encourage members to opt for the higher level of membership. They were going to advertise this on radio stations and social media. Members would have an initial supplier meeting and would get revisited every 2 months to see if they were happy with the service they were getting and benefits they were receiving.

A well-structured and delivered presentation, although Erick felt that the research had not been in depth enough into getting the members on board.

Team 2 – Alex Drummond & Tom Blunden
Locally sourced, National Growth was Alex and Toms unique selling point. Their idea was to encourage members to join A.I.R. and this would then make them become a regional hub for restaurants in their area. Alex and Tom would as well as giving them the benefits that Erick had already created and would also give them personal introductions to other restaurants in their region so they can share good practice, advice and contacts.

Again a very well delivered presentation but Erick felt that lots of their ideas had already been covered by his own research. He liked their thinking behind the idea but wasn't sure whether it would be viable or not.

Team 3 – Hamzah Rasheed & Liam Sewell
Hamzah and Liam’s vision was to allow smaller restaurants to remain in control of their business whilst also proving support. They would approach large independent hotels and give FREE membership of A.I.R. to approx. 10 clients. These restaurants would then have a wider reach to the smaller restaurants that they then would encourage to get on board to become fee paying members. They wanted to promote A.I.R. as a prestigious high end club to join and many restaurants would want to become part of it to support their own brand image.

Erick liked this idea but the delivery was a little bit long winded rather than getting directly to the point.

RES Apprentice 2016 Round 3

After all the presentations were given Erick then gave feedback to the 3 teams and said what they could have done better. He said that many did not cover all aspects of his original brief but he did like some of the idea that they had come up with. After a lot of through Erick fired Hayden and Owen leaving the remaining 4 students to go to the Grand Final.

The Final this year will take place on Friday 11th March 2016 from 12.15 – 3pm and is being hosted in the Enterprise Suite at Rydens Enterprise School.

For information about being involved with The Apprentice Competition please contact Sarah Maton - Deputy Head of Claremont House and Business & Enterprise Co-ordinator on either 01932 242994 X361 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

RES Apprentice 2016 Round 2

RES Appretice 2016

Round 2 - IBM Hursley, Winchester, Hampshire

On Wednesday 18th the 8 remaining RES Appretices visited IBM’s Emerging Technology Centre in Hursley, Hampshire to face the 2nd round of this competition.

Welcomed by Paul Archer, Big Data Business Development Manager, students were given a tour of the Emerging Technologies Lab and showed some of the latest technologies that IBM were working on. Students were also introduced to Watson Analytics which students found out is a smart data discovery service available on the cloud. It guides data exploration, automates predictive analytics and enables effortless dashboard and infographic creation. Students were then given the Task for this round and working in pairs they started discussing their ideas.

RES Apprentice 2016 Round 2

The Task

Having been shown a range of the emerging technologies that IBM are currently working on as well as some that are already in place in shops and homes, students were to come up with and then present an alternative potential market or selection of businesses that one of the technologies could then be sold to and ultimately stand the best chance of success. Students were to  be judged on a number of key areas so their presentations would have to be clear in their explanations. They would need to consider how good their ideas are, how realistic it is in relation to the market, if there is a potential for it and how well they would sell their idea to the judges.

Students had the weekend until Paul Archer was to return to Rydens School to judge their ideas. On Monday students worked in their pairs on finalising their presentations.

First team up to present was Hamzah Rasheed & Hayden Wood – Their idea was the use of a CO2 monitor which would be placed in care homes and hospitals which would be worked independently from a smart phone or smart watch. This would enable the levels of CO2 to be monitored carefully in these areas. They had the idea of also using Vision goggles for children that had difficulty moving their necks to help them see the world they live in.

Team two was Alex Drummond & Tom Blunden  -  Their idea was aimed at the elderly and with the use of ‘Sphero’ (Computerised robot) as a health assistant in hopsitals saving the time of a nurse. The Sphero would be able to monitor the person, pick up on any irregular habits, monitor blood pressure etc and this would be reported back to the doctor. They felt this would be invaluable to those patients needing monitoring over 24 hours.

Team 3’s idea was presented by Owen Nicholls & Liam Sewell  - They had researched the use of sensors to turn controls in your home on and off. These could be fitted to CO2 sensors, Wi-fi, central heating and there would be a central control hub. They felt this would be invaluable to many householders and they had found out that on average £86 each year is wasted on electrical items left on standby.

Team 4 was Rhys Marshall & Alice Bryant - The Occulus Rift -  The idea was to use the mind operated headgear to help trainee surgeons or University students to perform virtual surgery. Their aim being to increase the percentage chance of patients survival as new techniques could be constantly and safely practiced.

Paul gave invaluable feedback to each of the teams, looked into whether it was a viable idea as well as the costs involved, whether their idea was innovative and the teams overall presentation. Three teams were put through to  the 3rd with one team being fired today. Unfortunately we lose Rhys & Alice from this round.

RES Apprentice 2016 Round 2

A huge well done to all students who put themselves forward to take part in this competition and good luck to those going through to the next round which will take place on the 8th December at The Bingham Hotel, Richmond.

For information about being involved with The Apprentice Competition please contact Sarah Maton - Deputy Head of Claremont House and Business & Enterprise Co-ordinator on either 01932 242994 X361 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

RES Year 11 Big Interview
Thursday, 22 October 2015 00:00

RES Year 11 Big Interview

RES Big Interview Day 2015

On Thursday 22nd October volunteers from our local business community came to R E S to once again support our Year 11 Big Interview Day.

As an Enterprise School we are committed to preparing students in the best way possible for their future working lives. Earlier in the year students in Year 11 took part in CV workshops and have been writing their own CV and covering letter for a job that they have an interest in when they leave school. This was quite a challenge for some, as many students do not know what they would like to do post 16-18 education. These documents formed the basis of the interview today.

RES Big Interview Day 2015

27 volunteers, from a range of different businesses, arrived to interview around 200 students in one morning! We had an amazing response this year from the following companies ~

Recognition Express, DHL, Mount Business Services, DBA Speakers, Fasset Business & Property Solutions, Hersham Place Technology Park, IBM, The Rotary Club, Recognition Express, British Airways, British Gas, Attwood Burton Recruitment, Elementa Consulting, St Peters Church-Hersham and WNS.

Without such support this day would not be possible so we are enormously grateful for all that took time out of their valuable working day to help our students.

RES Big Interview Day 2015

The Main Hall was the base for the interviews and each student had been given a 20 minute interview time. Students arrived nervously but looking extremely smart in their business attire. They were allocated to an interviewer and spent time discussing the job role they had applied for whilst the interviewer asked them many different questions about themselves, their knowledge about the job and their suitability. This experience of applying for a job and having an interview will be, in some cases, the first time for our students. The students were then given feedback from the interviewer, which they can use along with thier interview skills, to take forward for a real life interview situation either for a job or a college place. All students also received a Certificate signed by their interviewer to confirm their attendance of the day.

RES Big Interview Day 2015

The interviews were finished by 12.00pm with each interviewer seeing around 5-6 students each. A debrief of the day and lunch took place in the Business & Enterprise Suite with an opportunity for the various businesses to network and feedback on the days events.

A huge thank you to all the volunteers that gave up their valuable time to help interview our students today. Without them this day would not be possible.

RES Big Interview Day 2015

If anyone is interested in volunteering in next year’s Big Interview Day please contact Sarah Maton ~ Deputy Head of Claremont House and Business & Enterprise Co-ordinator on 01932 242994 x361 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

RES Apprentice 2016 Round 1
Thursday, 15 October 2015 00:00

The RES Apprentice 2016

Round 1 - BP International Centre for Business & Technology

RES Apprentice 2016 Round 1

Twelve Year 12 students from R E S started out on their journey to be crowned the next R E S Apprentice winner. Supported by BP we headed to their site in Sunbury on Thames for the 1st round of this competition.

Now in its 10th year this competition sees students face 4 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, these will be presented at the Grand Final in February 2016 (Venue & date to be announced shortly). The tasks in the competition are all business related and set by our local business contacts who have kindly offered to sponsor each of the rounds. Throughout the competition students are encouraged to be entrepreneurial, articulate, committed and confident and need to impress.

Welcomed by Hugh Bourne, Advisor of Scale Prediction and Control Upstream Engineering Centre, BP, students were given an interesting and informative  tour of part of their site as well as having the opportunity to use some of their interactive devices and have a looking their drilling training centre complete with real scale equipment. Students were then lead to the training room for the day which would become their base to work on the task set to them.

RES Apprentice 2016 Round 1

The Task

In the Retail Fuel market, differentiation is challenging. Consumers generally buy fuel on either a cost of location (convenience) basis. Whilst the quality of their remains essential, BP also need to demonstrate differentiation to their consumers when it comes to their forecourt offers.

BP Retail wanted to address these frustrations and provide their customers with a more positive customer experience when using a BP forecourt.

Students were in 4 groups of 3 and Hugh asked for their team to develop and then present a compelling offer that they believed will enable BP Retail to provide a differentiated experience to their consumers. The team asked themselves “What would encourage drivers to preferentially choose to buy their fuel from a BP forecourt”. The presentation must show their concept, how it would be implemented, why this was different from BP competitors and how they would launch their initiative.

They were to deliver their concept to a small team of Senior Level Leaders who were to make up the judging panel.

Students started working on the task immediately, asking questions to Hugh and other members of BP staff throughout the morning to gain a full insight on whether their ideas may be viable. Students all worked well in their teams and enjoyed a working lunch whilst working on their presentations, time was tight before the 1.15pm deadline to present.

Team 1 was up first and  made up of Alex Drummond, Hamzah Rasheed and Charlie Currie.
Their idea was to introduce an App to use on their mobile phones. The App would enable customers to pay easily, show offers including a rewards system, travel information and GPS technology. Hamzah has researched a way that mobile phone settings and data could be altered so that customers phones could be use their phones safely on the forecourt. The idea was to be launched on Social media. Feedback from the judges was that their concept was researched and presented well and teamwork was strong. It needed  further research and clarification.

Team 2 was made up of Charlie Leese, Lewis Tillett and Onur Dilek.
Their idea was a light up system that allowed customers to see what pumps were not in use plus the design of an App that allowed customers to preset the amount of fuel that they wanted to the pump that would then only deliver the set amount. Customers would also be able to pay at the pump. The ideas was to be launched on TV. The main concern from the judges was that it would stop customers using the forecourt shops which is what they were aiming to increase. However, it was an excellent, well presented idea.

Team 3 students were Tom Blunden, Owen Nicholls and Alice Bryant.
With the emphasis on safety this team had also introduced an App that would link to Marks & Spencer and enabled customers to order items that they could pick up when they collected the BP station. Customers would collect Nectar points also. Within the App it would also allow customers to check on their Nectar points as well as giving out information of the closest BP station to them. The judges liked the ideas of this team and that they had put a big emphasis on safety. Very well presented and thoughout.

Team 4 was made up of Hayden Richards, Rhys Marshall and Liam Sewell.
Their idea was to link to ‘Shazam’ to launch a new advertising campaign that would give young drivers discounts when using their fuel. Shazam is a magical mobile app that recognises music, TV and media. It is  free on Apple, Android and Windows devices. As one of the world’s top ten apps, Shazam reaches more than 500 million users in 200 countries, exceeds 100 million monthly active users, and is growing by over 13 million new users each month. Their idea was to embed the concept of using BP petrol and services so they would then continue as they got older. They were trying to encourage users to stick to brand loyalty. A well researched and interesting concept. An excellent presentation.

RES Apprentice 2016 Round 1

The judges spent a little while deliberating over their ideas and gave each team feedback. Judges decided that the winning team for them from the day was Team 4. Congratulations to Hayden, Rhys and Liam.

All teams had worked well together, showed good team work and had some interesting and thought provoking ideas. One team unfortunately has to leave the competition today and it was Team 2 – Charlie, Lewis and Onur.

All students left with goodies such as earphones and USB sticks given to them by Hugh Bourne - BP.

A huge well done to all students who put themselves forward to take part in this competition and good luck to those going through to the next round which will take place on the 18th November at IBM’s Emerging Technology Centre at Hursley, Hampshire.

Round 3 will be on the 8th December at The Bingham Hotel, Richmond.

For information about being involved with The Apprentice Competition please contact Sarah Maton-Deputy Head of Claremont House and Business & Enterprise Co-ordinator on either 01932 242994 X361 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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