Apprenticeships Norfolk Network narrowly miss out on Apprentice Team of the Year Title

Added by Apprenticeships Norfolk on 21/06/2016 2:48pm

Nine apprentices from Apprenticeships Norfolk Network finished fourth, just missing out on a top place in the country’s search for the apprentice team of the year

ANN Brathay 2016 team

The team, made up of apprentices from Norfolk, took part in a testing five-month Challenge that saw them compete against seven teams from the country’s leading apprentice employers and training providers.

The Brathay Apprentice Challenge is the search for the apprentice team of the year and supported by the National Apprenticeship Service. In 2016, teams reached out to young people to discuss apprenticeships and recruited over 400 new employers to offer apprenticeships as part of the Challenge.

The Logistical and Teambuilding Finale held at Brathay Trust’s headquarters tested the teams individual and group strength, both mentally and physically, and developed their leadership, team building and communication skills.

Apprenticeships Norfolk Network was narrowly beaten by placed teams HMRC Digital Newcastle, HSBC and winners UK Atomic Energy Authority. Teams from Hampshire County Council, HMRC Surge and Rapid Response, IBM and QinetiQ also competed in the National Finals.

‘Many of the teams in the Challenge have members from different departments or locations within their organisation, but the Apprenticeships Norfolk Network team had members from different organisations across their county. Their achievement in working successfully together is truly inspiring’ - Erja Nikander, The Brathay Apprentice Challenge Team

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 and have 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.