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08 March 2017 13:41
E.ON apprentices compete to be crowned Apprentice Team of the Year 2017

 

A team of nine apprentices from energy company E.ON will be taking part in the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2017 and competing to be named Apprentice Team of the Year – with activity commencing to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week.

 

Now in its sixth year, the annual Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2017 sees teams undertake a series of exciting and interactive work-related challenges to develop new skills and engage with young people and businesses to promote the benefits of apprenticeships.

 

As part of the challenge the E.ON apprentices will also be presenting to young people at schools, youth groups and careers fairs and sharing their own personal experiences to raise awareness of apprenticeships and encourage others to consider them as an option for their future. 

 

The Apprentices have begun their activity in the community to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week, and will be visiting a number of schools this week to present to pupils in assemblies and take part in careers fairs:


Wednesday 8th March    Blessed Robert Sutton Catholic Sports College, Burton-on-Trent - Assembly presentation


Thursday 9th March       Apprenticeship Week Fair, Gloucester


Thursday 9th March       Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy, Walsall - Careers Fair


Friday 10th March          All Saints’ Academy, Cheltenham - World of Work event

 

The team will earn points for the number of people they speak to as part of the challenge, both within the wider community and their own organisation.  

 

The team are also planning to use their skills and expertise within the local community to complete a challenge at a school in the South West by updating the external lighting to help enable the school to become more energy efficient.

 

Dave Newborough, UK HR Director at E.ON, said: “We’re really pleased to be taking part in the Brathay Apprentice Challenge for the first time.  Apprenticeships are hugely important for E.ON to ensure that we’re investing in our future, providing people with real training and job opportunities and have the talented workforce we need to help make sure our customers have the support they need and recognise us as their first choice provider.

 

“The nine apprentices taking part in the challenge come from a mixture of business areas, ranging from Highways Lighting to Human Resources, so they have a range of skills and experiences that they can share.”

 

Tom Clarke, a Highways Lighting Apprentice at E.ON who is taking part in the challenge, said: “It’s really exciting to be part of the challenge and we can’t wait to start going out into the community. When deciding what I wanted to do after leaving school, it seemed to me that the only option available was studying for a degree at university. After doing some research I realised that there were many other options and one of those was an apprenticeship. 

 

“Now I’m two years on, having secured an apprenticeship at E.ON where I learn something new every day and get to put the valuable skills I gain into practice straight away, I’ve realised that this was absolutely the right path for me.

 

“I’m really keen to share my experiences with other young people about to make these important decisions, to encourage them to consider apprenticeships as a career option which, as in my case, may be the best choice for them.”

 

For more information about E.ON’s apprenticeship opportunities visit eon-uk.com/careers    

 

For more information on the Brathay Apprentice Challenge visit brathay.com/challenge  

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Notes to editors

The Brathay Apprentice Challenge

·         The Brathay Apprentice Challenge (#BAC17) is the search for the apprentice team of the year, supported by the National Apprenticeship Service.

·         Teams initially compete on a regional level with eight teams then progressing to the National Finals with the Challenge culminating in a four day Logistical and Team Building Finale at Brathay Trust’s Windermere headquarters in June 2017. The apprentice team of the year 2017 will be announced on 14 June.

·         The challenges are designed to ensure that the teams demonstrate their team building, leadership, logistical and communications abilities. With teams working together on the Brathay Apprentice Challenge, the apprentices and employers benefit from an enhanced apprenticeship experience.

·         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.

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

·         With teams working together on the Brathay Apprentice Challenge, the apprentices and employers benefit from an enhanced apprenticeship experience.

·         To find out more and to enter a team visit brathay.com/challenge

 

For more information contact:

Roxanne Postle: 02476 195785 / Roxanne.postle@eon-uk.com

Naomi Troy: 02476 180523 / Naomi.troy@eon-uk.com

 

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