Apprenticeship groups from across the country have been competing against each other to become Apprentice Team of the Year in the Brathay Apprentice Challenge.
The two-day long finale took place at Brathay Trust’s Windermere headquarters. The event marked the end of the six month competition, in which some of the country’s biggest apprentice employers took part in several challenges.
The Brathay Apprentice Challenge finalist teams were:
- Dale Power Solutions
- Team Perfec – from Pera Training
- British Airways
- Plymouth City Council
- Nottingham City Homes
- Redrow Homes
Each team contained nine apprentices. During the final a series of tasks tested the apprentices’ team building, leadership, logistical and communication skills.
The final concluded in a whaler boat race across Lake Windermere pushing the teams’ strength and teamwork to the limit.
The winning team was finally announced and two teams were crowned joint champions. The honours were split between Dale Power Solutions and Sellafield.
‘‘It’s been a culmination of six minutes hard work – everyone’s pulled together at the right time and it’s been testament to us as a team,’’ claimed Sellafield’s Adam Sharp, a 21 year-old engineering apprentice.
‘‘We all came in as strangers and for us to come out as friends and winners is something else.’’
In total, over 47 teams took part in the challenge and whilst doing so, recruited over 80 businesses to start offering apprenticeships.
The teams also delivered 47 community projects, from planting a community orchard to the refurbishment of a cliff shelter and through more than 300 school visits, encouraged other young people to consider an apprenticeship.
‘‘It’s been absolutely fantastic, it’s been hard, it’s been challenging, but it’s something we’ll remember for a lifetime,’’ said Amber Rushworth, a level 3 supply chain apprentice from Dale Power Solutions.