Have your apprentices what it takes to be champions?

Published: 24 Jan 2013 09:300 comments

BUSINESSES across the Thames Valley are being warned that the deadline for lining themselves up to win the apprentice team of the year accolade is Friday (February 1) next week.

AWE Skills Academy at Aldermaston has already entered the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2013 (BAC13) but more businesses, training services and colleges are being urged to get their entries in.

The Challenge, supported by the National Apprenticeship Service, tests non-technical work skills and the personal attributes of apprentices and entries have more than quadrupled on last year and iits supporters include Bentley Motors, Capgemini, Cumbria County Council, E.ON, Metroline, Persona HR, Plymouth County Council, Rolls-Royce, Virgin Media and Visa Europe. Last year's winner, aerospace firm Cobham, will be defending its title.

Mark Hayward, Metroline's engineering training manager, said: "Challenges like this are essential for the apprentice's growth and development, both personally and professionally."

The top two teams from each of the four regions - Central, London and South East, North and South - 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 June 10-12.

Brathay Trust chief executive Godfrey Owen said: "This year's challenge is already shaping up to be a tough competition that will see apprentices given the opportunity to strengthen on both a personal and professional level. We are very much looking forward to seeing more entries submitted in the coming days and welcoming the finalists from across England and various sectors to Brathay in June."

Jaine Bolton, chief operating officer at the National Apprenticeship Service, said: "We have already seen some great organisations enter teams, but we would welcome more entries to really hot up the contest.

"This competition gives apprentices the opportunity to shine and be recognised for the great contribution they offer to their employers. We also know that the skills they gain from this competition will stay with them for the whole of their working life and lead them to grow professionally."

To enter or get more information visit http://bit.ly/BAC13Launch

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