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Cobham makes it to the final of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge

After two months of tough competition between more than 90 teams from the UK's leading 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.

After two months of tough competition between more than 90 teams from the UK's leading 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.

 

Aerospace company Cobham from Dorset has been announced as a finalist in the Brathay Apprentice Challenge having impressed the judges for a second year in a row. The team, who won the competition in 2012, have been competing in the regional heats for the past two months.  As part of the competition the team renovated a local nursery school and fundraised for Help for Heroes as part of a community project.  In addition, the team conducted school and college 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.     

 

Cobham is one of eight finalists, which includes:

  • BCTS, a team of apprentices from small businesses across Norwich, trained by Broadland Council Training Services
  • Burnley Borough Council
  • Cobham (the 2012 winners, based in Dorset)
  • East Midlands Housing (based in Leicester)
  • Innovia Films (based in Cumbria)
  • Norse Group (based in Norfolk)
  • Plymouth City Council
  • Unilever (based in Bedford)

 

Supported by the National Apprenticeship Service, the Brathay Apprentice Challenge

tests non-technical work skills and the personal attributes of competing apprentices.

 

Cobham and all of the other 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 from 10th to 12th June 2013.

 

 

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.

 

Graeme Pipe from Cobham said on getting through to the final:

"We are really pleased to have made the final and have all of our hard work recognised. As well as bringing us closer as a team we have made such a positive impact on the local community.  We are looking forward to the final and showing that Cobham has the countries best apprentice team."

 

To keep up to date with the Cobham Brathay Team

Facebook: Cobham Brathay Team
Twitter: @CobhamBrathay13
Google+: Cobham Brathay Team
LinkedIn: Cobham Brathay Team
http://www.justgiving.com/CobhamBrathay2013

 

 

 

Notes to editors

For more information or interviews, please contact:

Simon Francis: simon.francis@claremont.org.uk /  077 3848 7259

Sarah Colombini: sarah.colombini@claremont.org.uk /  077 3146 2451

 

The Brathay Apprentice Challenge

The Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2013 (#BAC13) is the official search for the apprentice

team of the year, supported by the National Apprenticeship Service.

 

Now in its second year, the nationwide competition opens for formal nominations in

December 2012, with regional heats taking place throughout February and March 2013.

The top two teams from each of the four regions (North, Central, London & South East, Southern) will then battle it out to be crowned the apprentice team of the year with the competition culminating in an adventure challenge at the Brathay Trust's Windermere headquarters from 10th to 12th June 2013.

 

Through the tasks teams complete as part of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge, apprentices develop as individuals thereby making an even bigger contribution to their employer's growth.

 

The Challenge is a key part of the new era for Apprenticeships, demonstrating the huge

contribution apprentices make to the success of their organisations.

 

National Apprenticeship Service

The National Apprenticeship Service focuses on increasing the number of apprentices

in England. We work with employers to help them introduce apprentices into

their businesses, help those looking to start their careers find an Apprenticeship

opportunity and contribute towards the costs of the training and qualifications within an

Apprenticeship. We engage with a wide range of partners to help design the frameworks

for apprentices and we implement all Government policies aimed at setting the high

standard of quality Apprenticeships.

 

We promote excellence in Apprenticeships and vocational training with awards,campaigns and skills competitions including National Apprenticeship Week and WorldSkills UK.

 

Brathay Trust

Brathay Trust is a charity with the mission to improve the life chances of children and young people. They do this by inspiring them to engage positively in their communities.

 

They also create highly successful professional development programmes and, through rigorous evaluation, they can ensure a return on investment for each and every client.

 

Their highly sought after apprentice programmes focus on the behaviours and skills required to make a successful transition into working for an organisation. Programmes build progressively throughout the Apprenticeship with consistently outstanding feedback from both the participants and employers.

 

All profits from their professional development programmes help to fund their nationwide charitable work with Children and Young People.

 

www.brathay.org.uk

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