The deadline to enter the Brathay Apprentice Challenge (#BAC16), the search for the apprentice team of the year, is approaching with team nominations closing at midnight Monday, February 15.
The Brathay Apprentice Challenge has already attracted interest from teams of apprentices across England including QinetiQ, Derwent Training Association, Cheshire West and Chester Council, KMF (Precision Sheet Metal) Ltd amongst others.
Now in its fifth year, the Brathay Apprentice Challenge sees teams undertake a series of exciting and interactive work-related challenges to develop new skills and showcase their employer by engaging with young people and businesses to promote the benefits of apprenticeships
Teams initially compete on a regional level with eight teams then progressing to the National Finals with the Challenge culminating in a Logistical and Teambuilding Finale at Brathay Trust’s Windermere headquarters from June 13 – 16. The 2016 apprentice team of the year will be announced on June 15, 2016.
The 2015 teams conducted more than 300 school visits to talk about the benefits of apprenticeships, recruited over 100 employers to offer apprenticeships and 49 community projects were delivered.
Apprentices from Dale Power Solutions and Sellafield Ltd were crowned joint 2015 apprentice teams of the year at Brathay Trust’s Windermere headquarters in July 2015.
Teams must have nine apprentices and can represent an employer, group of small businesses, industry, supply chain or training provider, there is no limit to the number of teams that can be entered per organisation or group.
Godfrey Owen, chief executive of Brathay Trust, said: “Evidence from the past four years has shown us that apprentices gain teambuilding, leadership, logistical and communications skills and have an enhanced apprenticeship experience.
“Apprentices also benefit by becoming more confident, more aware of their own capabilities and ultimately more employable.
“While the teams build these skills they are also teaching other young people about apprenticeships and showing both employers and young people that an apprenticeship is a valued career path. There is still time for teams of apprentices to sign up to take part and demonstrate the skills they have gained on their apprenticeship.”
Sue Husband, director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: “The quality of work from the teams that take part in the Challenge demonstrates the really impressive contribution that apprentices make to both business and the wider community.
“It’s a brilliant opportunity for employers to let their great apprentices shine, so I’d encourage them to put their teams forward and enter today.”
For more information on the Brathay Apprentice Challenge and to enter a team