Redrow Team Reach Finals In National Apprentice Challenge

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Redrow, one of the UK’s leading house builders and member of The 5% Club, is celebrating its apprentice team’s success in the Brathay Challenge 2015. Redrow’s team of nine apprentices have made it into the national finals of the prestigious apprentice challenge.

The event is the official search for ‘apprentice team of the year’ and is organised by the Brathay Trust and supported by the National Apprenticeship Service. Over 80 organisations entered the challenge and only eight finalists remain.

The team have undertaken several challenges to reach the final, including a community project which involved renovating a Primary School in Gloucestershire. They also conducted four school visits to talk about the benefits of apprenticeships and hosted one business breakfast to talk to potential employers about offering apprenticeships and had interest from eight employers.

Sam Mead, 24, from Thornbury, South Gloucestershire, a bricklaying apprentice at Redrow South West, said: “To reach the finals of this national competition has been fantastic and a real learning experience. Presenting to potential employers was nerve racking, but I think our passion and enthusiasm really paid off.

Redrow's team of apprentices with pupils from Ann Edwards Primary School...

“We still have a lot to do and then a final challenge in July, but to be honest getting this far has been incredible and we will just try our best.”

Karen Jones, HR director at Redrow South West, said: “We are so proud of our apprentices. The skills they have picked up during this experience will help them throughout their careers.

“The competition has done a lot to raise awareness of apprenticeships and we have always been advocates, we continue to increase our annual intake as it is one of the best ways to future-proof our business.”

The eight finalist teams will now continue their fundraising and awareness raising activities through to early July, 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 8th July.

To find out more information about the Brathay Challenge 2015, please visit the website:www.brathay.org.uk

To find out more information about Redrow, please visit their website: www.redrow.co.uk.

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Award-Winning Apprentices at A-Plant

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A-Plant, an active member of The 5% Club has announced that
several of its construction plant maintenance apprentices have received special awards from Reaseheath College in recognition of their work ethic and outstanding contribution to study.

A-Plant’s 3rd year Plant Maintenance Apprentices attended an awards ceremony at the college to celebrate the completion of their three-year qualification. Reaseheath College, in Nantwich, Cheshire, is A-Plant’s sole training provider for the company’s Plant Maintenance Apprentices. The structure of the Apprenticeship Programme allows A-Plant Apprentices to balance off-the-job training with in-house training, ensuring they experience real life exposure in the construction industry whilst receiving supported learning.

At the awards ceremony, Daniel Pritchard from A-Plant’s Smethwick depot was named the Best A-Plant Apprentice. Alan Cage from A-Plant’s Immingham depot won the Banner Plant Award for Endeavour and in the Peers awards, whereby students voted for their fellow students, Jake Ridley from the Rotherham depot was declared the Apprentices’ Apprentice. Brett Parkes from A-Plant Rotherham was runner-up in the Apprentices’ Apprentice award and Brett also won the Most Improved Apprentice award in the Peers awards.

Apprentices play a key role at A-Plant and last year the company won the overall Apprentice Large Employer of the Year Award across the whole of Great Britain at the CITB Managing Agency Apprentice Awards. A-Plant was pitched against companies across the construction sector that employ and train individuals through Apprenticeship Programmes.

CORP270 - A-Plant awards winners Daniel Pritchard, Jake Ridly, Alan Cage...A-Plant has recently announced the largest ever intake of Apprentices on the company’s Apprenticeship Programme. In September, A-Plant will be recruiting 150 new Apprentices across its business, which will bring the total number of A-Plant Apprentices to over 250. This is a huge increase from the 2014 intake, when 39 new Apprentices were recruited.

A-Plant’s Apprenticeship Programme is one of the most successful and sought after in the hire industry, demonstrated by the fact that A-Plant received over 1,200 applications for the 39 places last year. In 2014, A-Plant invested over £800,000 in the recruitment and training of Apprentices and the company estimates that investment this year will be in excess of £1 million.

The majority of A-Plant Apprentices follow the three-year Plant Maintenance Apprenticeship Programme whereby Apprentices attend Reaseheath College on residential block release. The A-Plant Apprenticeship Programme also covers many other disciplines such as Drivers, Customer Services, Human Resources, Finance and Credit Control. This year, three additional new Apprentice streams have been launched, namely Digital Media Marketing, Welding and Fabrication for the Eve business and Mechanical Engineering for the PSS Hire business.

For more information about A-plant and the apprenticeship schemes they offer, please head over to their website www.aplant.com

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The Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2015

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We are very excited to announce our involvement in the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2015.

Two of our members, Dale Power Solutions and Redrow Homes were among the 8 groups of finalists selected to compete in the last part of the challenge which is a fantastic achievement.

As part of the final challenge, finalists are tasked with raising awareness of The 5% Club and getting their companies to sign up to the campaign effectively driving more momentum into the recruitment of young people on apprentice, graduate or sponsored student programmes.

After five months of tough competition between teams from the country’s leading apprentice employers, training providers and colleges, four regional winners and four finalists of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge have been announced at an event in the House of Commons.

Alongside Dale Power Solutions and Redrow Homes, the other finalists are:

  • Plymouth City Council
  • Team Perfec, made up of apprentices from Pera Training and Emfec Group
  • British Airways
  • Nottingham City Homes
  • HSBC
  • Sellafield Sites

The Challenge offers an enhanced apprenticeship experience for apprentices taking part, enabling them to develop leadership, team building and communication skills that are regularly seen in the top positions within an organisation.

The 47 teams taking part in the 2015 Brathay Apprentice Challenge recruited over 80 businesses to start offering apprenticeships. As a result, economists at Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) have estimated that the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2015 has driven £3.1m in additional GDP to the UK economy.

The eight finalist teams will now continue their fundraising and awareness raising activities of which The 5% Club is part of through to early July, 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 8th July.

We are very excited to welcome new members to the club through the challenge and wish all teams the best of luck in the final round.

In the meantime, Dale Power Solutions share their story with us of how they made it to the final round of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2015.

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Not only were Dale Power Solutions named the Northern regional winners, but they have also discovered that out of the 80 teams who entered the Brathay Apprentice Challenge Dale Power Solutions apprenticeship team amassed an outstanding 600 points out of 600, making them joint first in the overall standings after the first round.

As part of the Challenge, the Dale Power Solutions team of apprentices organised a community project which involved completely refurbishing a shelter in Scarborough’s South Cliff gardens.

The team also conducted six school visits to talk about the benefits of apprenticeships and hosted two business breakfasts to talk to potential employers about offering apprenticeships, which received a great deal of interest from several employers. The team also worked alongside work experience students and performed job swaps with Directors.

2015 sees Dale Power Solutions celebrating their 80th year in business and their nominated charity, St Catherine’s Hospice, celebrating their 30th anniversary. Leonard Dale, founder of Dale Power Solutions was the original chairman of the trustees for the charity and given this strong relationship the team wanted to raise money for them through a number of activities. The total raised so far stands at over £2,300 with the final planned fundraising taking place on the 30th May during the Dale Power Solutions P1 Grand Prix of the Sea, Scarborough.

All of this was, of course, achieved whilst continuing the apprentices’ day-to-day jobs.

brathay-teamMike Coates, electrical design apprentice and team member from Dale Power Solutions said on getting through to the final: “We are really pleased that the judges have put us through to the final recognising the team’s hard work. In these past five months we have been able to make a positive impact on our local community whilst also becoming closer as a team. We are looking forward to the final to prove that we have the country’s best apprentice team and are very proud to be representing Yorkshire and the North of England, flying the flag for careers in STEM. Our thanks goes to Scarborough Borough Council, Friends of South Cliff Gardens, Nybep, Adverset Media Solutions and the whole community of North Yorkshire for their support.”

Tim Wilkins, Dale Power Solutions Chief Executive said: “I am profoundly proud of our team reaching the national final. The array of activities they have partaken in are extremely commendable and they are a fantastic advertisement for apprenticeships.”

To find out more information about the Brathay Challenge 2015, please visit the website: www.brathay.org.uk

To find out more information about Dale Power Solutions, please visit their website: www.dalepowersolutions.com

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Serco joins The 5% Club

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A few weeks ago, The 5% Club welcomed international service company Serco to the campaign. The company’s existing efforts to invest in the next generation are greatly welcomed amongst all The 5% Club members.

In January, 26 Serco employees completed apprenticeships delivered by Serco Vocational Services. Each employee gained vocational qualifications in various subjects ranging from Business Administration to Customer Service.

One of the achievers is Saffron Newell-Price. After gaining A-Levels and leaving college in 2013, Saffron started an internship at Serco’s Airbus contract alongside working for an events company. Saffron applied for a business administration apprenticeship vacancy with Serco Vocational Services in December 2013 where she had the opportunity to work in a variety of teams including the Data team and Quality team. Towards the end of Saffron’s apprenticeship, she began supporting the Sales and Marketing team and took on additional responsibilities by overseeing the recruitment function for apprenticeships. After completing her Level 2 Business Administration apprenticeship in January, Saffron secured ongoing employment with Serco Vocational Services and has just started her Level 3 in Business Administration.

Saffron said: “I had no idea what type of career path I wanted to take before working with Serco Vocational Services. I have developed new skills, my confidence and have identified that I enjoy working within the recruitment sector. I am really excited that my contract has been extended and that I can continue to achieve a qualification within the workplace.”

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Beth Graham joined Serco Road Transport Regulatory Safety department in December 2013 and achieved her NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration in just over 12 months.  Beth had started her Level 2 in Business Administration, early on in her journey it was identified by Peter Bond, Head of Road Transport that Beth could and should strive for her Level 3 in Business Administration instead.

Peter is a strong advocate of vocational training as he believes it provides young people with a wonderful opportunity onto the career ladder.  Peter said “it has been a pleasure to witness Beth grow in confidence and stature.  She is an outstanding young woman.  Through some challenging work conditions she has always continued to deliver high quality work and moreover, I have personally received many great plaudits on her work and how she supports the contracts in their operational output”.

Prior to joining Serco Beth had gained some work experience within the hospitality sector and had also started studying Law at Northumbria University, however, due to personal circumstances, she decided this wasn’t the route for her.  A member of Beth’s family recommended Serco as an employer having worked for Serco for a number of years, Beth logged onto the website and decided to apply for an Apprenticeship hoping to learn new skills in a new sector.

On joining the Serco Road Transport Regulatory Safety contract Beth has benefited from gaining practical work experience, improved her administrative skills, learnt to prioritise and manage multiple projects and become a key team player, Beth said “achieving my Apprenticeship ahead of target is obviously a massive achievement, however another achievement has been stepping into the role of the Senior Road Transport and Dangerous Goods Administrator whilst they have been on a period of leave.  Working for Serco has already provided me with many opportunities to expand my skills set and my experience.  My Apprenticeship with Serco and the support from my managers and wider team has allowed me to start on a career path I did not know was available or think that I would love it so much”.

Lawrence Emerson, Director of Safety, Ethics and Governance said “Recruiting Apprentices into our business has so many benefits it clearly makes the Manager, wider team, Beth and also her family, proud to belong to, and be a part of a team supporting Apprentices.  Beth was recruited as an Apprentice in the Road Transport Regulatory
Safety team when we were looking at options to support the team which had been operating for some time well beyond its capacity. So not only is this a good news story from a human angle, it makes great business sense too.”

Me and RupertTo find out more about recruiting apprentices with Serco or applying for an apprenticeship yourself, please contact a member of the Serco team on apprenticeships@serco.com or visit the Serco careers page http://www.serco.com/careers/apprenticeships/index.asp

To find out more information about The 5% Club and how to become a member, please visit www.5percentclub.org.uk or get in touch by emailingcontactus@5percentclub.org.uk.

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