2 July 2015

As the three day open-air final at Lake Windermere fast approaches, our apprentices have been working hard to be recognised as the best apprentice team in the country by competing in the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2015. Here’s a lowdown on what they’ve achieved in the final stage so far.

The national heat of the competition has provided our apprentices with new and exciting challenges. One example of this was MP engagement, in which the team had to gain the support of an MP, or complete a job swap. Our Business Admin apprentice Kamron took the reins on this, and was successful in shadowing his local MP Graham Allen, giving him a fantastic insight into the day to day life of a local MP, and the work he does in his constituency.

The voluntary work section of the stage saw our apprentices doing a variety of tasks for good causes, including helping out at Babbington Dog Rescue Centre and giving blood.

The largest aspect of the national heat is fundraising. Tasked with raising as much money for charity as possible in a short timeframe, Team Perfec chose Dementia UK, a charity providing practical and emotional support to those impacted by Dementia.

Every Wednesday lunchtime, the team have been getting stuck in cleaning the cars of their colleagues in return for a donation. There has also been a sponsored mud run, in which ABC Awards apprentice Joe Durcan put in an admirable performance running the 5K course. Other such activities have included a dress down day, cake sale and raffle, all of which the ABC and EMFEC team embraced. The team have raised nearly £3,000 for the cause.

Team Perfec is hoping that all their hard work will pay off, as they prepare for the final stage in the competition: a three day finale in Windermere hosted at Brathay Trust.

This will test our apprentices on such skills as orienteering, team building, and problem solving. Though the competition is far from over, the apprentices can already feel the positive outcomes of their participation.

ABC Apprentice Kamron Gribbons said:

“This experience has been invaluable in my personal development. I have been able to use my skills in a creative manner, and have had the opportunity to gain experience preforming tasks I would not usually come across in my day to day working life”.

If you have a question for Kamron or his team of apprentices, find them on Twitter @TeamPerfec.