Handcross kids in Apprentice show down

The Junior Apprentice teams Slurp, Splash and Hydrate
The Junior Apprentice teams Slurp, Splash and Hydrate

THIS week the Handcross Park Junior Apprentice scheme has seen 17 pupils pitch their ideas to Horsham’s Hillier Garden Centre.

The candidates have worked closely with ICONIQ - a soft drinks company - to develop a new smoothie from start to finish.

Everything from ingredients to pricing and packaging have been designed by the year seven pupils in their General Studies.

The drinks company organised a presentation from pupils to staff at Hillier Garden Centre, which has won a record-shattering 66 consecutive Chelsea Gold Medals, and supplied over 2000 British-grown trees to the Olympic Park for London 2012.

The three teams; Slurp, Splash and Hydrate, gathered their courage and nerves to pitch their brands to centre manager Richard Gorman, and catering manager David Parry.

Presentations were ‘confidently’ delivered with candidates dealing well with the board’s challenging questions.

The judges now have the difficult task of choosing the winning team.

Laurianne Gayler, organiser and head of Modern Foreign Languages, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our children to work closely with experts, develop their team work skills and show talents and skills they will not only be able to transfer to other subjects but also to their day to day life. It will give them an insight into the ‘world of work’ with its duties and responsibilities.”