Brathay Triumph – Second win for Gen 2 apprentices and Derwent team achieve 5th.

Nine apprentices from GSK Ulverston trained by GEN 2 have been named the apprentice team of the year, following a testing five month Challenge that saw them compete against teams from the country’s leading apprentice employers and their own fellow GTA Apprentices from Derwent Training. The GSK apprentices battled off tough competition from seven other National Finalist teams after proving their logistical, team building and communications skills. Gen2 apprentices also achieved first place last year. The team from Derwent were the smallest organisation and the only training provider in the finals and came 5th overall; a fantastic achievement.

The eight National Finalists were selected from 75 teams and 650 apprentices who entered the Challenge. Since January, the teams have worked hard to spread the word about apprenticeships and have visited more than 555 schools, careers fairs and youth groups to encourage young people to consider an apprenticeship. In 2017, teams reached over 70,000 young people to raise awareness of the benefits of apprenticeships and recruited over 500 new employers interested in offering apprenticeships.

The team member and Gen 2 engineering apprentice, Joseph Hambley said on winning the Challenge:

“I am happy for me, happy for my team and happy for my employer. It is a great honour for all of us to have won the title apprentice team of the year and have our hard work recognised.”

Bob Watmore, Training and Assessment Manager at Derwent Training Association added:

“This is our fourth year of involvement in the Challenge and we fully intend to continue, as the individual behavioural development is perfectly aligned to the new Standards and raising awareness activities are one of the best methods for this. The collective involvement of employers, the LEP, local Politicians and the local media and press is highly beneficial.

I would strongly recommend to all employers and Training Providers that taking part in the Challenge at the Regional level is worthwhile, and if reaching the Finals a fantastic opportunity. Since returning from the fantastic Brathay Apprentice Challenge Finals last week, we have had time to reflect on the whole achievement since January of the Team of 9 apprentices that attend with us at DTA. Their achievement in placing 5th against some of the largest employers in the country is a tremendous success, wildly outside our expectations back in January.”

Phil Wilson, Site Director at GSK Ulverston, congratulated their apprentices and said:

“What an amazing achievement. I am so very proud of the full team. We have watched them be stretched and grow throughout the Challenge.”

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