Skills Minister announces finalists for apprentice team of the year
After two months of competition between more than 90 teams from the country's apprenticeship employers, training providers and colleges, the finalists in the search for the apprentice team of the year have been announced by Skills Minister Matthew Hancock.
Over the past two months, teams have collectively delivered more than 60 community projects, ranging from renovating derelict community spaces to holding CV drop-in clinics for local youngsters. In addition, the teams conducted more than 280 school visits to talk about how doing an Apprenticeship means young people can earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future.
The eight Brathay Apprentice Challenge finalists are:
• BCTS, a team of apprentices from small businesses across Norfolk, trained by Broadland Council Training Services
• Burnley Borough Council
• Cobham (aerospace firm and the 2012 winners)
• East Midlands Housing (based in Coalville and throughout the East Midlands)
• Innovia Films (packaging manufacturing company, based in Cumbria)
• Norse Group (facilities management firm, based in Norwich)
• Plymouth City Council
Supported by the National Apprenticeship Service, the Brathay Apprentice Challenge tests non-technical work skills and the personal attributes of competing apprentices.
The finalists will go on to complete further fundraising and awareness raising activity. The Challenge culminates in a series of team building tests, logistical challenges and physical competition at Brathay Trust's Windermere headquarters in June
Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said: "The apprentices taking part in the Brathay Apprentice Challenge have shown a huge amount of ambition, dedication and commitment and have demonstrated how apprentices deliver for their employers' day-in, day-out. The finalists are an inspiration to any young person considering an apprenticeship."
Representatives from Brathay Trust, British Chambers of Commerce and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills judged the regional heats along with Tim Campbell, founder of the Bright Ideas Trust and the Mayor of London's Ambassador for Training and Enterprise.
Jaine Bolton, apprenticeships director at the National Apprenticeship Service, said: "The Challenge gives apprentices the opportunity to shine and be recognised for the great contribution they make to their employers. Apprenticeships help businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce and the teams have already shown the dedication and skills we know will stay with them for the whole of their working life and lead them to grow professionally."