Innovia films crowned apprentice team of the year
Nine apprentices from SME firm Innovia Films have been named the country's official 'apprentice team of the year' following a six month challenge against some of the country's employers and training providers.
Innovia Films fought off competition from seven other teams after raising more than £6,000 for charity and completing a community project which involved renovating sites for charity, Chrysalis.
The teams in total raised more than £34,000 for eight different charities as well as staging school talks and conducting media interviews to explain how Apprenticeships enable young people to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future.
Supported by the National Apprenticeship Service, the Brathay Apprentice Challenge tests non-technical work skills and the personal attributes of competing apprentices.
The final stages, at Brathay Trust's Cumbrian HQ saw Innovia Films narrowly beat Norse Group and 2012 winners Cobham into second place.
The two-day event in Cumbria tested teams' problem solving and physical endurance, culminating in a muscle-sapping whaler boat race, across Lake Windermere that tested the upper body strength of competitors to the maximum.
David Beeby, CEO of Innovia Films, congratulated their apprentices and said: "Our apprentices are a vital part of our organisation and to see them recognised in a national competition is a huge achievement for both us as an organisation and the apprentices as individuals."
Minister for Skills, Matthew Hancock, added: "When you look at the talent and enthusiasm shown by Innovia Films, it's obvious why more businesses are choosing to hire Apprentices. 92 per cent of employers who take on Apprentices say they lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce.
"The competitors in this year's Brathay Apprentice Challenge are an asset to their companies and an inspiration to other young people. The challenge is further evidence that Apprenticeships are fast becoming the norm for young people who want to achieve their career goals through an alternative route to University."