Brathay Trust and the National Apprenticeship Service are pleased to announce UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) are the winners of the 2016 apprentice team of the year.


Congratulations to UKAEA who excelled across all stages of the Challenge.


UKAEA narrowly beat HMRC Digital Newcastle into second place and HSBC who finished third.


Teams from Apprenticeships Norfolk Network, Hampshire County Council, HMRC Surge and Rapid Response, IBM and QinetiQ also competed in the National Finals.


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, recruited over 400 new employers and 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.


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 undertook 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.

For any further questions or queries or to register for the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2017 please email us at

Photos from the Finale are available to view here

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