Brathay Trust and the National Apprenticeship Service are pleased to announce that the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2016 Regional Heats are now complete. 

Congratulations to the eight National Finalists who were announced on 19th May at the House of Commons (see our News item for details).  The National Finals stage runs from 23rd May and culminates at Brathay's Windermere headquarters with the Logistical and Teambuilding Finale from 13th to 16th June.

The apprentice team of the year will be crowned on 15th June 2016.

The Brathay Apprentice Challenge (#BAC16) is the search for the apprentice team of the year, supported by the National Apprenticeship Service.

To win the Brathay Apprentice Challenge, teams undertake 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 teambuilding, leadership, logistical and communications abilities.

Evidence from the last four years demonstrates that employers and training providers that enter the Challenge see significant benefits:

  • Apprentices gain teambuilding, 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 competing apprentices and increased local profile of their organisations through positive PR and Corporate Social Responsibility opportunities.
  • Additional business networking opportunities and engagement with local government officials.
  • Important information about the benefits of apprenticeships is delivered directly by apprentices to schools, employers and local communities.

The key dates for the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2016 are:

19th May National Finalists Announcement at House of Commons
23rd May National Finals commence
13th - 16th June Logistical and Teambuilding Finale at Brathay Trust
15th June 2016 apprentice team of the year announced

Please note dates may be subject to change; prior notification will be given to all teams.

Brathay Apprentice Challenge National Finalist Announcement : Live online 

The announcement of the eight National Finalists of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2016 (BAC#16) will be broadcast live online on 19th May 2016 at 2pm.  Click here for further details.

To see what it took Dale Power Solutions and Sellafield Ltd to be crowned joint 2015 apprentice teams of the year and for more information watch the short film at the top of this page.

Entries for 2016 are now closed.   If you are interested in entering a team in 2017 please email to join our Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2017 mailing list.

For more information, check out our Q&A page here

Click here to download a copy of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge promotional leaflet

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Keep up to date with the latest from the Brathay Apprentice Challenge on our BAC news page

Click here to view a full list of organisations entering team(s) in the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2016