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18 May - Apprentices from WSP have been named National Finalists in the search for the apprentice team of the year.


After four months of hard work by over 650 apprentices from across 75 organisations from the country’s leading apprentice employers, training providers and colleges, the National Finalists of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge were announced at the House of Commons by Godfrey Owen, Chief Executive of organisers Brathay Trust.  

The team from cities across England will be joined in the final by teams from Derwent Training Association, JCB, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Nottingham City Homes, Redrow Homes and Severn Trent Water.

As part of the Challenge, the WSP team of apprentices organised a community project to refurbish and reinvigoration the Lozell Recreational Group youth centre in Birmingham after flooding.

The WSP team also conducted eight visits to schools and youth groups to talk about the benefits of apprenticeships, and hosted a business event to talk to potential employers about offering apprenticeships.

Across the UK, the teams taking part in the Challenge have spread the word about apprenticeships visiting nearly 500 schools and youth groups to talk about the benefits of earning while you learn on an apprenticeship. The teams also hosted over 120 business events to talk to potential employers about offering apprenticeships, recruiting nearly 400 organisations to start hiring apprentices.

The National Finalists will now continue awareness raising activities until early June, 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 14th June.

Speaking at the House of Commons National Finalists Announcement, Godfrey Owen, Chief Executive of organisers, Brathay Trust, said:

“All of the teams that have taken part have worked really hard and the quality of the portfolios increases year on year. 

“The apprentice team of the year finals demonstrate the skills, knowledge and desire to succeed from apprentices; and this continues to inspire others and impress us in equal measure. It is great to see apprentices put in the hard work to get the recognition they deserve, highlighting how apprenticeships benefit not only young people themselves, but their employers and their local community too.

“We look forward to the National Finals and welcoming the teams to Brathay in June for the Finale.”

On getting through to the National Finals, Edward Joynson a civil engineering apprentice at WSP said:

“We’re ecstatic at making it through to the Finals. The late nights and weekends the team spent working on our activity has paid off. It’s great that the positive impact we have had with our community project has been recognised at a national level.”

For more information on the Brathay Apprentice Challenge and to see a list of all teams entered visit brathay.com/challenge.


Notes to editors

For media enquiries please contact Amelie Barrau on 0207 314 4576 or amelie.barrau@wsp.com 

WSP is one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. We are dedicated to our local communities and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, program and construction management professionals. We design lasting solutions in the Property & Buildings, Transportation & Infrastructure, Environment, Industry, Resources (including Mining and Oil & Gas) and Power & Energy sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services.

With 7,000 talented people in the UK (including Mouchel Consulting) and 36,000 globally, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for lifetimes to come. WSP has been involved in many high profile UK projects including the Shard, Crossrail, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Manchester Metrolink, M1 Smart Motorway, the re-development of London Bridge Station, and the London Olympic & Paralympic Route Network. www.wsp.com/uk


The Brathay Apprentice Challenge

The Brathay Apprentice Challenge (#BAC17) is the search for the apprentice team of the year.

To win the Brathay Apprentice Challenge, teams undertake a series of exciting and interactive work-related challenges to develop new skills and showcase their employer by engaging with young people and businesses to promote the benefits of apprenticeships.

The challenges are designed to ensure that the teams demonstrate their team building, leadership, logistical and communications abilities.

Teams of nine apprentices can be from a single employer, a group of small businesses, an industry, supply chain or training provider.

With terms working together on the Brathay Apprentice Challenge, the apprentices and employers benefit from an enhanced apprenticeship experience. To find out more visit brathay.com/challenge

For more information about the Brathay Apprentice Challenge, please contact: 

 Sarah Colombini: sarah.colombini@campaigncollective.org / 077 3146 2451

Simon Francis: simon.francis@campaigncollective.org /  077 3848 7259 


Brathay Trust

Brathay has been a leader in experience-based learning since its inception as an educational trust in 1946.

Brathay specialises in the design and delivery of bespoke people and organisation development programmes dedicated to the development of apprentices, graduates, teams, and emerging talent, as well as organisational development, engaging change, and leadership programmes.

By creating learning experiences that relate to the workplace, participants are able to fully understand behaviours and their impact on individual and group performance.  The focus is on exploring skills such as communication, leadership styles, teamwork, and logistical planning. Programmes are aligned with company values and tailored to specific roles within an organisation, using their language. 

Working nationally and internationally, Brathay’s qualified facilitators deliver programmes at company premises, appointed venues and at Brathay’s headquarters; a 360-acre estate on the shores of Windermere in the Lake District.

Brathay’s extensive client portfolio includes a wide range of large and medium sized corporations, as well as numerous County Councils, government funded agencies, Fire & Rescue Services, universities, local governments, social enterprises and schools.

By selecting Brathay as a provider, organisations demonstrate Corporate Social Responsibility. All profits generated through Brathay’s people and organisation development programmes are used to benefit Brathay Trust – an educational charity which is committed to the personal and social development of over 7,000 young people in the UK each year. www.brathay.com

For more information about the people and organisation development services of Brathay Trust contact Linda Stone, Business Development Manager - linda.stone@brathay.com - 015394 39700