Apprentices in this year’s Brathay Apprentice Challenge have been challenging to become team of the year finalists.
Participating teams in the challenge have been raising awareness about the value of apprenticeships to employers across the country and so far signed up almost 300 businesses to begin offering apprenticeships.
The challenge has also seen the apprentice teams get involved in their local communities and organise 45 community projects to help young people, from renovation projects to creating volunteering opportunities for young people.
The teams also visited over 320 schools, career fairs and youth groups to inspire young people into thinking about pursuing an apprenticeship.
The national finalists will now continue awareness raising activities until mid June, when they will be invited to Brathay Trust’s Windermere headquarters for the logistical and teambuilding finale where the apprentice team of the year will be announced.
The national finalists were announced in the House of Commons on May 18 and are made up from apprentices from Apprenticeships Norfolk Network; Hampshire County Council; HMRC Digital Newcastle; HMRC Surge and Rapid Response Team; HSBC; IBM; QinetiQ and UK Atomic Energy Authority.
Speaking at the announcement, Godfrey Owen, Chief Executive of Challenge organisers, Brathay Trust, commented: “All of the teams that have taken part have worked really hard and the quality of the portfolios increases year on year. We look forward to the final stage of the challenge when we can welcome the national finalists to Brathay in June.”
Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: “The apprentice team of the year national finals demonstrate the skills, knowledge and desire to succeed from apprentices; and this continues to inspire others and impress us in equal measure.
“It is great to see apprentices put in the hard work to get the recognition they deserve, highlighting how apprenticeships benefit not only young people themselves, but their employers and their local community too.”