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.
“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.