Brathay Apprentice Challenge

Who will be the apprentice team of the year 2017? 

Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2017 Regional Heats are now live!

Brathay Trust and the National Apprenticeship Service are pleased to announce the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2017 Regional Heats are now underway.

Apprentice teams from a wide range of large and small employers representing industry, retail, manufacturing, local councils, government departments, FE colleges and training providers are working hard in their regions to spread the news about the benefits of apprenticeships.  

To win the Brathay Apprentice Challenge, teams take on a series of exciting and interactive work-related challenges to develop new skills and showcase their employer by engaging with young people and businesses to promote the benefits of apprenticeships. The challenges are designed to ensure that the teams demonstrate their team building, leadership, logistical and communications abilities.

Teams of nine apprentices can be from a single employer, a group of small businesses, an industry, supply chain or training provider. There is not a limit to the number of teams that can be entered per organisation or group.

The Regional Heats consist of a community project to benefit young people and activities that raise the profile of the team, their employer and apprenticeships.  The top eight teams will continue on as National Finalists for further awareness raising activities culminating in a Teambuilding and Logistical Finale at Brathay’s Windermere headquarters.

Evidence from the last five years demonstrates that employers and training providers see significant benefits:

  • Apprentices gain team building, leadership, logistical and communications skills and have an enhanced apprenticeship experience. Apprentices also benefit by becoming more confident, more aware of their own capabilities and ultimately more employable.
  • Improved skills among the apprentice teams and increased local profile of their organisations through positive Corporate Social Responsibility opportunities and media coverage.
  • Additional business networking opportunities and engagement with local government officials.
  • Important information about the benefits of apprenticeships delivered directly by apprentices to schools, employers and local communities.


New for the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2017.  We have partnered with the City & Guilds Group to offer apprentices the chance to take part in a full day endorsed training session through their Apprentice Connect programme. The training session will help prepare apprentices with the skills that they need to complete the Challenge successfully and boost their careers.  The City & Guilds Group helps people, organisations and economies develop skills for growth. Please visit  Apprentice Connect for more information.


Key dates

The key dates for the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2017 are: 

6 January                              Regional Heats commence and toolkit issued

26 April                                  Regional Heats portfolio submitted by 12.00 noon

Mid May                                 National Finalists announced at the House of Commons

Late May                                National Finals commence

12 – 15June                           Logistical and Team Building Finale at Brathay Trust

14 June                                  Apprentice team of the year 2017 announced

Please note these dates may be subject to change; prior notification will be given to all teams.   


To see what it took UK Atomic Energy Authority to be crowned apprentice team of the year 2016 please watch the video below.

For more information, check out our Q&A 

For any further questions or queries please email the Challenge team.


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Welcome to the Challenge!

The Brathay Apprentice Challenge has seen over 650 apprentices from across 75 organisations enter, from organisations of all sizes, and from colleges and training providers. We are happy to welcome the following teams to this year's Challenge:


AO.com

AstraZeneca

Atos

Balfour Beatty

BMW Group Academy

Brighton and Hove City Council

Capgemini

Caterpillar

CBRE GWS

Dale Power Solutions Ltd

Derwent Training Association - NYEngApps

e2v Technologies

Enterprise M3 Apprentice Ambassador Network

EON UK Ltd

FCO Services

Ford & Slater Ltd

GKN Aerospace Filton

GlaxoSmithKline

Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education

HIT Training

IBM United Kingdom Ltd

Keepmoat

Kirklees College PMC

Liebherr Sunderland Works

Magna

Nottingham City Homes

Plymouth City Council

QinetiQ Apprentice Training School

Redrow Homes South West

Serco

Sellafield Ltd

Severn Trent Water

Surrey County Council

Virgin Media

Wakefield Council

Wessex Water

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff

Yorkshire Coast Homes

Yorkshire Water

BAC2016 winners UKAEA enjoy their victory

UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) were announced as the 2016 apprentice team of the year by Brathay Trust and the National Apprenticeship Service

Congratulations to UKAEA who excelled across all stages of the Challenge.

UKAEA narrowly beat HMRC Digital Newcastle into second place and HSBC who finished third.

Teams from Apprenticeships Norfolk Network, Hampshire County Council, HMRC Surge and Rapid Response, IBM and QinetiQ also competed in the National Finals.

The eight finalists were selected from 80 teams and 700 apprentices who entered the Challenge. Since February, the teams have worked hard to spread the word about apprenticeships, recruited over 400 new employers and visited nearly 400 schools, careers fairs and youth groups to encourage young people to consider an apprenticeship.  The apprentice teams have also reached out to their local communities and delivered 45 community projects to benefit young people.

What is the Brathay Apprentice Challenge?

The Brathay Apprentice Challenge (#BAC17) is the search for the apprentice team of the year, supported by the National Apprenticeship Service.

To win the Brathay Apprentice Challenge, teams undertake a series of exciting and interactive work-related challenges to develop new skills and showcase their employer by engaging with young people and businesses to promote the benefits of apprenticeships. The challenges are designed to ensure that the teams demonstrate their team building, leadership, logistical and communications abilities.

Evidence from the last five years demonstrates that employers and training providers see significant benefits:

  • Apprentices gain team building, leadership, logistical and communications skills and have an enhanced apprenticeship experience. Apprentices also benefit by becoming more confident, more aware of their own capabilities and ultimately more employable.
  • Improved skills among the apprentice teams and increased local profile of their organisations through positive Corporate Social Responsibility opportunities and media coverage.
  • Additional business networking opportunities and engagement with local government officials.
  • Important information about the benefits of apprenticeships delivered directly by apprentices to schools, employers and local communities.

For an overview of the Challenge see our video link above or download our brochure here.

For a no-obligation discussion please email the Challenge team.

Photos from the Finale are available to view here.

Keep up to date with the latest news from the Brathay Apprentice Challenge please visit our news page.

To find out more about applying for apprenticeships visit www.getingofar.gov.uk.

Apprenticeships are a vital part of our organisation and to see our apprentices being crowned apprentice team of the year make us all very proud.   Entering the Challenge has benefited our business enormously, not only for raising the profile of apprenticeships, but for providing opportunities for leadership, teambuilding, communications and increasing self-confidence; all vital skills for high performing businesses and apprentices

Tim Wilkins, Chief Executive, Dale Power Solutions  (2015 joint winners of the apprentice team of the year)