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You're hired! Apprentice-style challenge comes to Gloucester

Gloucester City Council is inviting experts to inject fresh ideas into the city after they are handed a top-secret brief.

Starting today, the city will welcome 10 highly-skilled and motivated government officers from across the UK.

Once they have been given their brief, they will have to compete against each other to come up with the best innovative ideas for Gloucester.

Speaking about the challenge, Cllr Paul James, leader of the city council, said: "This is a great opportunity for Gloucester and its residents.

"Hearing fresh and unique ideas on how we can do things better is always something I welcome.

"We have to keep the brief top secret for now, but I can tell you that it's something that is very close to my heart.

"I'm looking forward to hearing the candidates' ideas and am hopeful that as a city we'll benefit from a new approach."

Gloucester City Council has never taken part in a challenge of this nature before.

Led by the Local Government Association (LGA), the officers from councils across the UK were selected after a gruelling interview process.

The 10 selected candidates are talented and ambitious professionals who will offer expertise, fresh insights and challenge to the city.

The input they will provide will help the council tackle an area of its work that offers tremendous opportunities for local residents across the city.

In order to get maximum results from the candidates, they will be split into two groups of five.

After receiving the brief, they will have 36 hours to come up with a fresh idea that meets the city's needs, is within budget and sits within the council's core values.

Over the two action-packed days, the candidates will be shown all the key parts of the city.

Some of the historic locations they will visit include the Cathedral, Blackfriars Priory and The Fleece.

The candidates will spend today getting to know Gloucester's heritage and communities, while tomorrow they will meet council staff and cabinet members.

Once they have a full understanding of the city and what it needs, they will be given an opportunity to present their ideas on how they would tackle the brief tomorrow.

Three candidates will go through to the national final at the LGA conference in July, competing for the £10k Bruce Lockhart Scholarship to implement a project of their choice.

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