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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Search on for apprentice team of the year

More than 90 teams and 800 apprentices have entered the contest to be crowned the apprentice team of the year in the Brathay Apprentice Challenge.

Supported by the National Apprenticeship Service, the Brathay Apprentice Challenge will test non-technical work skills and the personal attributes of competing apprentices.

The teams, each with nine apprentices, come from businesses, training providers and colleges across England and across a variety of different sectors from HR companies and local authorities through to high street store chains and engineering firms.

After two months of competition activity, consisting of school visits, media interviews, social media work and community projects, the finalists will be announced in early April.

The top two teams from each of the four regions (Central, London and South East, Northern and Southern) will then complete further fundraising and awareness raising activity, culminating in an adventure challenge at Brathay Trust's Windermere headquarters from 10th to 12th June 2013.

Godfrey Owen, chief executive of organisers, Brathay Trust, said: "This year's challenge is shaping up to be a tough competition that will see apprentices given the opportunity to strengthen on both a personal and professional level. We are looking forward to welcoming the finalists from across England to Brathay in June."

Jaine Bolton, chief operating officer at the National Apprenticeship Service, said: "This competition gives apprentices the opportunity to shine and be recognised for the great contribution they offer to their employers.  We also know that the skills they gain from this competition will stay with them for the whole of their working life and lead them to grow professionally."


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