Tarran Vailionis, team member, said: "It’s a real honour to have won the Brathay Apprentice Challenge. It’s been a tough competition, with the other teams really pushing us to the limit. We’re really proud of our achievement, not only at the finals in Cumbria, but in the past six months."
In the final two-day challenge, held this week at Brathay Trust’s Cumbrian HQ, they narrowly beat Norse Group and 2012 winners Cobham into second place.
They undertook problem solving and physical endurance challenges, culminating in a muscle sapping whaler boat race, across Lake Windermere that tested the upper body strength of competitors to the maximum.
Also taken into consideration was their outstanding fund raising achievement of more than £6,000 for charity and completing a community project which involved renovating sites for the Chrysalis charity.
In addition they staged school talks and conducted media interviews to explain how apprenticeships enable young people to ‘earn while they learn’ in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future.
Supported by the National Apprenticeship Service, the Brathay Apprentice Challenge tests non-technical work skills and the personal attributes of competing apprentices.