Apprentices working for Middlesbrough Council are gearing up for next month’s Tees Valley Apprenticeship Team Challenge.
The five-strong team will be taking part in the event at Hartlepool’s Summerhill Activity Centre on Tuesday, February 7 as part of National Apprenticeship Week.
And this week the apprentices – working in departments across the council – are meeting up to get to know one another and find out more about the activities that lie ahead.
The inaugural Team Challenge is part of a national campaign to promote Apprenticeship Week from February 6 to 10 and may be an annual event.
Teams are being entered from local authorities across Tees Valley – having fun is the name of the game, but there will also opportunities for the apprentices to improve their communication skills, teamwork and problem-solving abilities, all key skills sought by employers.
Middlesbrough’s apprentices will be meeting one another in the Mouchel Training Centre at the Town Hall on Tuesday (Jan 31) ahead of next Tuesday’s Team Challenge at Summerhill.
They will take part in a number of activities including an outdoor orienteering/treasure hunt activity which will put their literacy and numeracy skills to the test and an indoor team building challenge.
Proceedings will be rounded off with an indoor team quiz followed by a buffet lunch.
Councillor Mike Carr, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Children, Families and Learning, said: “We are delighted that apprentices from Middlesbrough are joining their counterparts from across the area to take part in this challenge.
“They are representing their local authority and also the different areas in which they work, showing the sheer diversity of apprenticeships are that are on offer across the Tees Valley.
“Apprenticeships are designed to equip them with the skills necessary to succeed in their chosen job, to take on challenges as part of their work and to work as part of a team.
“Middlesbrough is committed to supporting the creation of more apprenticeships and we are keen to work with other businesses to develop the opportunities they can offer.”
Employers and would-be apprentices can find out more by contacting Work Based Learning team manager Julie Broadbent on 01642 304224.
Check out the ideas and activities that employers and learning providers are planning to showcase apprenticeships in their area and sector at http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/Awards/Apprenticeship-Week-2012.aspx
For more information, call 08000 150 600 or visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk