Nine apprentices from DTA narrowly missed out on being named Apprentice Team of the Year at the National Finals of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge. We are proud that the team placed fifth out of eight teams in the Finals.
The Finals follow a testing five-month Challenge, the team from DTA were competing against seven of the country's leading apprentice employers and training providers.
The Brathay Apprentice Challenge, the search for the apprentice team of the year, is supported by the National Apprenticeship Service. In 2017, teams reached over 70,000 young people to raise awareness of the benefits of apprenticeships and recruited over 500 new employers interested in offering apprenticeships.
DTA were narrowly beated by the title by JCB in third, Nottingham City Homes in second and winners GSK. Teams from IBM, Redrow Homes, Severn Trent Water and WSP also competed in the National Finals.
The Time Traial element, which the DTA team won, involved the apprentices raching across Lake Winderemere for over an hour, earning time bonus points along the way by solving challenges. The team prepared for the race by developing multiple plans depending on conditions and currents in the Lake.
Jordan Layne, a Mechanical Engineering Apprentice from Portakabin, York said: ''We're ecstatic to have moved from 7th in the competition before the finals to 5th overall. It's been a fantastic achievement for everyone on the team. We've built friendships between the team and gained more confidence to work by ourselves and in a group.''
Bob Watmore, Training and Assessment Manager at DTA was a team mentor in Windermere and congratulated the apprentices and said: ''I'm so proud that a team draw from five different employers in our Yorkshire region competed so well against the biggest organisations in the country. It's been a pleasure to see how the team developed and seeing how the skills they have learned through the Challenge are already benefiting their employers.''
DTA would like to thank Portakabin, Sheppee International Rosti Automotive (Stamford Bridge and Pickering as well as Plowman Bros for supporting their apprentices within the Challenge.