Apprentices from engineering training provider Derwent Training Association, have been named national finalists in the search for the apprentice team of the year.
After four months of hard work by over 650 apprentices from across 75 organisations from the country’s leading apprentice employers, training providers and colleges, the National Finalists of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge were announced at the House of Commons.
The team – made up of members from York, Malton and Kirkbymoorside, will be joined in the final by teams from JCB, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Nottingham City Homes, Redrow Homes, Severn Trent Water and WSP. Derwent Training Association is the smallest team to make the finals as well as being the only Training Provider.
On getting through to the national finals, Jordan Layne, a mechanical engineering apprentice from Portakabin in York, said:
“We’re shocked to have made it into the national finals, we really didn’t expect to make it through when you look at the calibre and size of the other teams. We’re proud to be representing our area and small businesses in the national finals.”
As part of the Challenge, the Derwent Training Association team of apprentices organised a community project and conducted outreach visits with employers, schools and youth groups to promote the benefits of apprenticeships.
The team will now continue awareness raising activities until early June, when they will be invited to Brathay Trust’s Windermere headquarters for the Logistical and Teambuilding Finale where the apprentice team of the year will be announced on 14th June.
Ann Watson, Chief Executive of Semta Group said:
“The success of Derwent Training Association in reaching the national finals of the Brathay Challenge shows that it’s not just the big engineering firms that have exceptionally skilled young people. I have presented awards and spoken there before and I know how hard the apprentices and those training them work, so this is a just reward.
“I would like to wish the team the very best of luck for the finals, but whatever happens now they are a credit to engineering and a shining example of the commitment of engineering apprentices to their work – on and off the job. Apprentices are the best people to promote apprenticeships, and I hope the achievements of the Derwent Training Association team will encourage young people to follow in their footsteps, get into engineering and help us to build an even stronger engineering sector.”
For more information on the Brathay Apprentice Challenge and to see a list of all teams entered visit brathay.com/challenge.