The 2015 Brathay Apprentice Challenge joint winners, Sellafield Ltd and Dale Power Solutions were honoured in style at the National Apprenticeship Awards in London.
The teams were congratulated on their achievements by the Prime Minister's Apprenticeships Adviser, Nadhim Zahawi MP, on winning the 2015 search for the apprentice team of the year.
Sellafield Ltd apprentice Deanna Pearson also addressed the audience on her experience of winning the Challenge, gaining a standing ovation for her powerful plea to make apprenticeships "Plan A".
Now in its fifth year, the Brathay Apprentice Challenge has opened for nominations for the 2016. The Challenge tests apprentices on their teambuilding, leadership, logistical and communications abilities in a series of work-related challenges.
Teams of nine apprentices entering the Brathay Apprentice Challenge can be from a single employer, a group of small businesses, an industry sector, supply chain or training provider.
The Challenge sees teams compete in a series of work-related challenges to develop new skills, showcase their employer and engage with young people and employers promoting the benefits of apprenticeships.
Last year over 700 apprentices from 50 teams entered the Brathay Apprentice Challenge from SMEs to large organisations, colleges and training providers. The apprentices covered a vast array of careers vital to the economy, including aerospace, construction, engineering, creative industries and the public sector.
The 2015 teams conducted more than 300 school visits to talk about the benefits of apprenticeships, recruited over 100 employers to offer apprenticeships and delivered 47 projects to help their communities.