Monday, November 28, 2016

Be part of BESA’s apprentice team of the year

Entries for the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2017 are now open and we are encouraging our member companies to showcase their apprentices. Companies can either enter their own apprentice team or members can put nominations forward to enter as a joint Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) team.

The Brathay Apprentice Challenge is now in its ninth year and is designed to develop and test the teams’, leadership, communication and team building skills. The challenge consists of a series of exciting and interactive work-related tasks to help develop new skills and showcase their employer by engaging with young people and businesses to promote the benefits of apprenticeships. 

Teams are made up of nine apprentices and can be entered from either a single employer, a group of small businesses, training provider or industry sector. There is no limit to the number of teams that can be entered per organisation or group.

Last year over 700 apprentices from 80 teams entered the Brathay Apprentice Challenge from SMEs to large organisations, colleges and training providers. The 2016 teams spread the word about apprenticeships to young people and employers. They visited nearly 400 schools, careers fairs and youth groups to encourage young people to consider an apprenticeship and recruited over 400 new apprentice employers.

This is a great opportunity to promote a career in building services and the benefits of recruiting or being an apprentice within the sector. There is a huge skills shortage within the industry at present and with the latest announcement in the chancellor’s Autumn Statement of building 100,000 new homes in the UK, the gap will keep on increasing.

If you would like to enter an apprentice team on behalf of your company visit or if you are interested in being part of the BESA apprentice team, email with your nominee’s details. The deadline for team registration closes at midnight on Friday 16 December.

For further information regarding apprenticeships visit

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