• Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, announced the finalists of 2014 Apprentice Team of the Year
• Apprentices from teams including British Airways, Virgin Media and NHS Foundation saw off competition from over 1,000 entrants
• Finalists conducted community activities to land a place in the final held at Lake Windermere in June
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced the finalists of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2014, the official search for the apprentice team of the year.
After three months of tough competition between more than 1,000 entrants from over 100 teams of the country's leading Apprenticeship employers, training providers and colleges, the four regional winners were announced as:
• Northern region – Pepsico
• Central region – South Worcestershire College
• London and South East region – e2v Technologies
• Southern region – QientiQ
The four additional finalists, made of teams missing out on the top regional accolades, are:
• Barrow Engineering Project – Team Oxley Developments
• British Airways
• The Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Foundation
• Virgin Media
The past two months have seen the teams deliver nearly 60 community projects, ranging from renovating community centres to fundraising for a van to help a local food bank collect supplies from the community.
The teams have also been spreading the word about Apprenticeships to schools; conducting more than 310 school visits, sharing their experiences, and explaining how an Apprenticeship allows young people to earn while they learn and gain a real qualification.
The Challenge focuses on helping to create an enhanced Apprenticeship for competitors, enabling them to developing skills like team building, leadership and communications – many of which are found in the top positions within business.
The finalists will continue their fundraising and awareness raising activities until early June when the Challenge culminates in a series of team building, logistical and physical challenges at Brathay Trust's Windermere headquarters from 9th – 11th June 2014.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:
"Apprenticeships are vital to our country's future. They build our houses, design our aircraft, programme our computers and make our furniture, among the many other things they do. It is important that we foster and harness that kind of dedication to secure their future and Britain's long term success: building a stronger economy and fairer society for this generation and the next."