QinetiQ second in apprentice team of the year challenge

11 Jun 2014

Team raise £2,300 for charity

A team of QinetiQ apprentices competed in the finals of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2014 this week, the finale to a six-month competition that saw them come in a fantastic second place and raise £2,300 for charity.

QinetiQ Brathay Apprentice Challenge team celebrate 2nd place in the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2014

QinetiQ competed against seven other teams from the country’s leading apprentice employers and training providers and after a hard fought two-day finale of competitions came second to PepsiCo UK in first.

The final stage, held at Brathay Trust’s headquarters on the banks of Lake Windermere, saw a two-day long adventure finale in Ambleside testing the teams’ problem solving and physical abilities. The final culminated in a whaler boat race, across Lake Windermere, which pushed the teams’ strength and teamwork to the limit.

Supported by the National Apprenticeship Service, the Brathay Apprentice Challenge tests non-technical work skills and the personal attributes of competing apprentices. The eight finalist teams were selected from over 110 teams and 1000 apprentices who entered the competition. Over a six-month period, together the teams raised over £31,000 for charities across the country, delivered numerous community projects and held school visits and media interviews to explain the benefits of Apprenticeships and how they enable young people to earn while they learn, gaining valuable qualifications.

Robert Langley, from the QinetiQ team, said; “Just getting to the final and beating off more than 100 other teams was a great achievement and we’re proud to have represented our company in the finals. The Challenge was really tough and really pushed us to our limits. We’re so proud of how far we have come and the experiences we have gained, not just at the finals but throughout the whole six months, have been invaluable.”

QinetiQ Group Chief Executive, Leo Quinn, congratulated the apprentices on their achievements and said; “Seeing the QinetiQ Brathay Challenge team reach the finals of the Brathay Apprentice Team Challenge and come second overall makes everyone in the Company very proud. They have worked extremely hard and thoroughly deserve their success. Apprenticeships are a vital part of sustaining QinetiQ as a valued partner to our customers and developing the capabilities needed by the UK to compete globally. We also believe in the wider importance of providing young people with the right skills and experience to succeed, and by driving membership of The 5% Club we hope to extend this commitment across industry as a whole. This is a huge achievement for the apprentices, for us as an organisation and for what The 5% Club represents.”

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: "I want to congratulate the winners and all of the competitors in the Brathay Apprentice Challenge. Together they have shown the genuine difference an Apprenticeship can make to give young people the chance to pursue a dream job as well as helping a business grow and increase its productivity. It is important that we work together to encourage even more businesses to offer Apprenticeships so we can ensure Britain's long term success, building a stronger economy and fairer society for this generation and the next."

Godfrey Owen, Chief Executive of Brathay Trust, said: “QinetiQ is a great example of how offering an enhanced Apprenticeship experience – by getting apprentices involved in corporate social responsibility projects or competitions – can benefit both apprentices and their companies. With the huge amount of participants this year, the country’s employers are proving they are committed to Apprenticeships and their apprentices.”

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To find out about Apprenticeships visit apprenticeships.org.uk or call 08000 150 600.

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