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NCH announced as Apprentice Team of the Year finalists

NCH announced as Apprentice Team of the Year finalists

Brathay Apprentice Challenge House of Commons first round announcement
Brathay Apprentice Challenge House of Commons first round announcement

Apprentices from Nottingham City Homes have been named National Finalists in the search for the apprentice team of the year, after being the highest scoring team in the whole region.

After four months of hard work by over 650 apprentices from across 75 organisations from the country’s leading apprentice employers, training providers and colleges, the National Finalists of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge were announced at the House of Commons by Godfrey Owen, Chief Executive of organisers Brathay Trust.  

The team from Nottingham will be joined in the final by huge national companies, including JCB, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Redrow Homes and Severn Trent Water.

As part of the Challenge, the Nottingham City Homes team of apprentices organised a community project involving renovating Bulwell Toy Library.

The Nottingham City Homes team also conducted 20 visits to schools and youth groups to talk about the benefits of apprenticeships, and hosted five business events to talk to potential employers about offering apprenticeships.

On getting through to the National Finals, Matt Gustard, the Joint Team Leader for the NCH Brathay Apprentice Challenge Team, said: “We’re so pleased to have not only made it into the national finals, but put ourselves in fourth position. There’s lots more to do to try and secure us a win in the final part of the challenge, but we’re a very determined group of people and we want to achieve this title for ourselves, the company and to make our friends and family proud.”

Nick Murphy, Chief Executive for Nottingham City Homes, said: “I’m incredibly proud of our apprenticeship programme at NCH. The members of our Brathay Apprentice Challenge team have been fantastic ambassadors for our own scheme as well as spreading the word about apprenticeships generally. They have been working so hard alongside their day to day jobs and training get to this stage in the competition.

 “The fantastic thing about this challenge is the wider benefits and impact it can have on our local communities. The team has been able to offer help and support to groups across Nottingham, using their skills and knowledge gained during their apprenticeship, to complete huge tasks for the benefit of others. We all wish them well as they continue on to the national finals.”

Across the UK, the teams taking part in the Challenge have spread the word about apprenticeships visiting 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 National Finalists will now continue awareness raising activities until early June, when they will be invited to Brathay Trust’s Windermere headquarters for the Logistical and Teambuilding Finale where the apprentice team of the year will be announced on 14th June.

Speaking at the House of Commons National Finalists Announcement, Godfrey Owen, Chief Executive of organisers, Brathay Trust, said:

 “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.”

For more information on the Brathay Apprentice Challenge and to see a list of all teams entered visit brathay.com/challenge.

For more information on Nottingham City Homes’ apprenticeship programme, please visit the website: https://www.jobsatnch.org.uk



For more information, please contact Clare Hitchings on 0115 955 0238 or email: clare@stagcommunications.com


Notes to editors

The Brathay Apprentice Challenge

The Brathay Apprentice Challenge (#BAC17) is the search for the apprentice team of the year.

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.

The challenges are designed to ensure that the teams demonstrate their team building, leadership, logistical and communications abilities.

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 visit brathay.com/challenge

Brathay Trust

Brathay has been a leader in experience-based learning since its inception as an educational trust in 1946. 

Brathay specialises in the design and delivery of bespoke people and organisation development programmes dedicated to the development of apprentices, graduates, teams, and emerging talent, as well as organisational development, engaging change, and leadership programmes.

By creating learning experiences that relate to the workplace, participants are able to fully understand behaviours and their impact on individual and group performance.  The focus is on exploring skills such as communication, leadership styles, teamwork, and logistical planning. Programmes are aligned with company values and tailored to specific roles within an organisation, using their language. 

Working nationally and internationally, Brathay’s qualified facilitators deliver programmes at company premises, appointed venues and at Brathay’s headquarters; a 360-acre estate on the shores of Windermere in the Lake District.

Brathay’s extensive client portfolio includes a wide range of large and medium sized corporations, as well as numerous County Councils, government funded agencies, Fire & Rescue Services, universities, local governments, social enterprises and schools.

By selecting Brathay as a provider, organisations demonstrate Corporate Social Responsibility. All profits generated through Brathay’s people and organisation development programmes are used to benefit Brathay Trust – an educational charity which is committed to the personal and social development of over 7,000 young people in the UK each year. 


For more information about the people and organisation development services of Brathay Trust contact

Linda Stone, Business Development Manager


015394 39700