The Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2015


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:

To find out more information about Dale Power Solutions, please visit their website:

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