Challenge fires up apprentices!

Apprentices get fired up for national challenge

Fire service apprentices from Staffordshire are determined to win national challenge in a blaze of glory.

The team of eight apprentices from Stoke on Trent College, who are based at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters in Stone, are hitting the road this week as part of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge.

Taking place as part of National Apprenticeship Week, the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2014 (#BAC14) is the search for the apprentice team of the year, supported by the National Apprenticeship Service.

The Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Apprenticeship Team will embark on a series of challenges in a bid to develop new skills, benefit their local communities and hopefully take the crown of this year’s Brathay Challenge.

To win the Brathay Apprentice Challenge, teams of apprentices have to prove their team building, leadership, logistical and communications abilities. They must successfully complete at least one awareness raising activity, fundraising initiatives and a logistical and team building adventure.

Winning the Brathay Apprentice Challenge is based on a point scoring system and the team hope their planned activities will help them towards reaching the top of a national leaderboard.

Throughout the week the team will visit schools to raise awareness about the dangers of fire, join in local careers events to give advice about apprenticeships within the fire service, as well as carry out renovation work on a community garden in Knutton.

The apprentice team is made up of Mike Williams, Jack Boote, Hannah Bond, Jack Owen, Lydia Hooley, Laura Morse, Jamie Richards and Ruth Kewn.

Apprentice Jack Owen, said: “I have been an apprentice with Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service for 12 months and I have another year left in my role as ICT Project Assistant.

“I started out as an A-Level student but after being unsure about what I wanted to do as a future career I finally came to a decision to go down the apprenticeship route with Stoke on Trent College and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

“All the apprentices on our team are from different areas of the business and we all have different roles. We are hoping to use all our different strengths to win the Brathay Apprentice Challenge. It’s something we all want to really win.”

Eight teams will go through to the finals, which will be announced in April 2014. The top team from each of the four National Apprenticeship Service regional divisions (Central, Northern, Southern and London and the South East) will go through to the adventure finale taking place at the Brathay Trust’s Windermere headquarters from 9th 11th June 2014.

Anyone wishing to follow the teams progress should follow @SFRSApprentices or Facebook.com/SFRSApprentices.

To find out about becoming an apprentice or current apprenticeship opportunities call 01782 603603 or visit www.stokecoll.ac.uk

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