Regional heats for the 2015 Brathay Apprentice Challenge begin this month with 700 apprentices set to take part, according to the Skills Funding Agency.

Supported by the National Apprenticeship Service, teams of nine apprentices will compete in a number of awareness-raising projects and activities over the coming months.

Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said:

“The Brathay Apprentice Challenge attracts a wide range of organisations year on year and gives them a chance to develop the skills of their apprentices by pulling them out of their comfort zones.

“The skills that the apprentices learn not only benefit themselves, but also their organsiations by creating a workforce that has excellent team building, logistical and communications abilities. These skills can be transferred to the workplace as well as helping apprentices reach the higher positions in an organisation.”

Now in its fourth year, the Brathay Apprentice Challenge sets competitors work-related challenges to develop their skills and help their local communities while proving that they have the best team building, logistical, leadership and community skills to claim the title of apprentice team of the year.

The winning team will be announced following a “logistical and team building finale” at the Brathay Trust’s headquarters in July.

For more information on the Brathay Apprentice Challenge,