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
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
tests non-technical work skills and the personal attributes of
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
Graeme Pipe from Cobham said on getting through to the
"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."
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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
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
National Apprenticeship Service
The National Apprenticeship Service focuses on increasing the
number of apprentices
in England. We work with employers to help them introduce
their businesses, help those looking to start their careers find
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 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