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Regional heats kick of Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2017

News   •   Jan 19, 2017 10:22 GMT

The Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2017 is now underway as regional heats see apprentices across the country compete to become the team of the year.

The event, now in its sixth year, will see over 650 apprentices from 75 organisations taking part over the next four months.

The teams will tackle 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.

The Brathay Apprentice Challenge is designed to develop and test team building, leadership, logistical and communications abilities. The Regional Heats see apprentices complete a Community Project that benefits young people and conduct activities that raise the profile of the team, their employer and apprenticeships.

The range of companies involved include large employer’s such as AstraZeneca, Balfour Beatty, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM and Severn Trent Water and also local authorities including Brighton & Hove Council, Plymouth City Council and Surrey County Council.

Smaller companies have teamed together to take on the bigger companies such as the Enterprise M3 Apprentice Ambassador Network team created by the Local Enterprise Partnership.

Colleges and training providers will also take part with teams of apprentices training with organisations including Derwent Training Association, HIT Training and QinetiQ Apprentice Training School.

New to this year’s event, apprentices taking part will be invited to attend a full training day commended and certified by City & Guilds Group in order to equip them with additional skills, tools and techniques to confidently promote apprenticeships and ultimately boost their careers.

Eight National Finalists teams will be announced on 17 May 2017 at the House of Commons. The National Finals will see the teams take on further awareness raising activity before culminating in a four day Logistical and Team Building Finale at Brathay Trust’s Windermere headquarters from 12 to 15 June 2017. The apprentice team of the year 2017 will be announced on 14 June 2017.

Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: “It is great to see so many employers embracing the Brathay Apprentice Challenge. This challenge is a unique opportunity for schools, employers and local communities to hear about the benefits of apprenticeships directly from apprentices.

“Apprenticeships offer young people the opportunity to gain qualifications up to Degree level, whilst earning and developing skills they need to succeed. The Brathay Apprentice Challenge allows apprentices to showcase the true potential of apprenticeships.”

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