Local Training Provider Nominated for National Apprenticeship Team of the Year

The Derwent Training Association team are in the finals of #BAC17!OUR partners at Derwent Training Association (DTA) have been named finalists in the nationwide search for the UK’s apprenticeship team of the year.

DTA were the smallest team to make the finals and the only training provider to reach the final stage of the Brathay Apprenticeship Challenge.

Jordan Layne, a mechanical engineering apprentice from Portakabin in York and one of the team members shortlisted for the award, said:

“We’re shocked to have made it into the National Finals, we really didn’t expect to make it through when you look at the calibre and size of the other teams.  We’re proud to be representing our area and small businesses in the national finals.”

The result followsmonths of hard work from over 650 apprentices across 75 organisations from the country’s leading apprentice employers, training providers and colleges. The finalists were announced at the House of Commons by Godfrey Owen, Chief Executive of organisers Brathay Trust. , Mr Owen 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.”

Across the UK, the teams taking part in the challenge have visited 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 team themselves conducted 11 visits to schools and youth groups as well as organising a community project to design a cricket practice net for Westow cricket team’s junior coaching sessions.

They will continue awareness raising activities until the announcement of the apprenticeship team of the year on 14th June where we will be wishing them the best of luck!