Nine apprentices from Redrow’s South West division will be taking on teams from across the UK, in a bid to be named the Brathay Apprentice Challenge team of the year.
The Brathay Apprentice Challenge, now in its sixth year, sees teams of apprentices from across a range of sectors compete in a series of work-related challenges. Supported by the National Apprenticeship Service, the event helps participants develop new skills in team building, leadership, logistics and communication – enhancing their overall apprenticeship experience and instilling confidence in their capabilities.
Redrow’s team of trade and office apprentices are in the midst of the regional heats, which consist of awareness raising activities and a community project. The apprentices will be campaigning and promoting their work by speaking to local employers as well as local schools, colleges, community groups and their local MPs, before hosting a business event to showcase the benefit that they have brought to their organisation.
In order to be successful, teams must also reach out to young people, employers and influences in their networks, industries and regions, to help raise the profile of apprenticeships.
Redrow are serious about nurturing young talent, with an upwards of 130 apprentices learning one of the key housing trades at any one time, and through their involvement in the Brathay Apprentice Challenge, Redrow hopes to further promote apprenticeships as a valid and credible route to a rewarding career path.
Grace Knight, Office Apprentice, Redrow South West division commented “I’m really pleased to be a part of Redrow’s Brathay Challenge team this year. It’s a fantastic project to be involved with and demonstrates just how important apprentices are to businesses in the UK.”
Clare Horton, New Entrant Programmes Manager said, “Redrow is passionate about apprenticeships and what they offer young talent. The Brathay Challenge is a great way to encourage apprentices to use their wide range of skills to work together as a team to achieve a shared goal. Redrow as an employer fully support the team’s involvement and wish them the best of luck in the competition.”
Regional heats take place from the 6th of January to 26th April 2017, before the national finalists are announced at the House of Commons with the national finals taking place throughout May. The overall apprentice team of the year will be announced on 14th June.
Picture: Apprentices from Redrow’s South West division with team mentors Joshua Golding and Rachel Weare.