Apprentices zip to it for annual challenge

Participants in the Apprenticeship Challenge at Northumberland College's Kirkley Hall Campus.
Participants in the Apprenticeship Challenge at Northumberland College's Kirkley Hall Campus.

Apprentices in Northumberland have taken a crash course in competition after coming together for an outdoor sporting battle.

Northumberland College’s annual Apprenticeship Challenge took place at its Kirkley Hall campus near Ponteland last week, with more than 50 learners and employers battling it out in a series of activities.

The event, which was held to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, included zip wires, high ropes and forest challenges, as well as traditional egg-and-spoon and sack races.

A number of employers were represented, including Bernicia, Northumberland County Council, GSP UK, GV Engineering, UK Coal and the Care Quality Commission.

But the winning team was a mixture of engineers and customer service students from the college’s own apprenticeship programme.

College External Relationship Manager Liz McMillan said: “The Apprenticeship Challenge generated a lot of team spirit and it was a fun day for everyone involved.

“The apprentices who took part also built on their workplace skills. This will be a real asset to their employers.

“The challenge proved to be popular with employers and we hope to welcome more in future years.”

In the past six months the college has recruited more than 450 apprentices for employers. It is now developing pre-apprenticeship training programmes to help young people to develop basic skills to support the transition from education to employment.

For more information about apprenticeships call 01670 841200 or visit www.northumberland.ac.uk