Nine apprentices from GSK Ulverston have been named the apprentice team of the year, following a testing five-month Challenge that saw them compete against teams from the country’s leading apprentice employers and training providers.
The GSK apprentices battled off tough competition from seven other National Finalist teams after proving their logistical, team building and communications skills. As part of the Challenge the team also delivered a community project, which involved creating a series of four short films about the dangers of asthma attacks. The films were made in memory of a little boy, Joshua West who had a fatal asthma attack. The team went on to show the films in schools and sports clubs.
The Brathay Apprentice Challenge, the search for the apprentice team of the year is supported by the National Apprenticeship Service. In 2017, teams reached over 70,000 young people to raise awareness of the benefits of apprenticeships and recruited over 500 new employers interested in offering apprenticeships.
GSK narrowly beat Nottingham City Homes into second place and JCB who finished third. Teams from Derwent Training Association, IBM, Redrow Homes, Severn Trent Water and WSP also competed in the National Finals.
The total of eight National Finalists were selected from 75 teams and 650 apprentices who entered the Challenge. Since January, the teams have worked hard to spread the word about apprenticeships and have visited more than 555 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 44 community projects to benefit young people.
Team member and engineering apprentice, Joseph Hambley said on winning the Challenge:
“I am happy for me, happy for my team and happy for my employer. It is a great honour for all of us to have won the title apprentice team of the year and have our hard work recognized.”
Phil Wilson, Site Director at GSK Ulverston, congratulated their apprentices and said:
“What an amazing achievement. I am so very proud of the full team. We have watched them be stretched and grow throughout the Challenge.
“The highlight was seeing them develop from being all about the Challenge and winning it to being about making a major contribution to the community in raising awareness of asthma and helping save lives. This is a great recognition of the Joshua West legacy.”
Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said:
“Congratulations to GSK on being crowned the 2017 apprentice team of the year and to all of the teams that have taken part in this year’s Challenge. Together they have shown the genuine difference an apprenticeship can make. The new skills and the new experiences these apprentices have gained in the Challenge will add to the opportunity apprenticeships provide to earn while you learn, as well as helping the employer grow and increase its productivity.
“The hard work the teams have put into the Challenge has made real differences to their communities, the next generation of young people thinking about their careers and encouraged more employers to take on apprentices.
“They are great ambassadors for apprenticeships.”
Godfrey Owen, Chief Executive of Brathay Trust, said:
“GSK are a great example of how offering an enhanced apprenticeship experience can benefit both apprentices and their organisations. All of the apprentices that have taken part this year have gained teambuilding, leadership, logistical and communication skills. It has been a pleasure to host the Brathay Apprentice Challenge and watch these apprentices develop into outstanding employees.”
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 six 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. This year we 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 sessions helped 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.
For any further questions or queries please email the Challenge team.
To see the teams taking part in the Logistical and Team Building Finale at Brathay, please watch the video below. The photos from the Finale can be found here.
For an overview of the Challenge see our video link above.
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.