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Published 13th Feb 2012

Craig Baker, Jessica Lewis, Caspar Scallen, Ryan James and Rachael Richardson.

Teamwork was the name of the game when Middlesbrough’s finest beat off stiff competition in the first ever Tees Valley Apprenticeship Challenge.

Competing against counterparts from Hartlepool, Stockton and Redcar & Cleveland Councils, they turned their hand to a variety of activities including orienteering, team building and an English and maths skills test.

The event, at Hartlepool’s Summerhill Outdoor Activity Centre in Hartlepool,  was part of National Apprenticeship Week.

A strong performance saw the five-strong Middlesbrough team come first in three of the four activities, winning them a medal each and a trophy.

Following their success Middlesbrough have agreed to host next year’s Tees Valley Apprenticeship Challenge.

Julie Broadbent, manager of the Middlesbrough apprenticeship team, said: “The apprentices were all very enthusiastic and highly competitive and did themselves and the town proud.

“They are a credit to the Council and the other organisations who employ them, and we’re already looking forward to hosting this fantastic event next year.

“It’s a great way to highlight the skills of young people and show employers the very real benefits that apprenticeship can bring.”

The winning Middlesbrough team members were Rachael Richardson (Sport),

Ryan James (Sport), Caspar Scallen (Horticulture), Craig Baker (Local Environmental Services) and Jessica Lewis (Business Admin).

Councillor Mike Carr, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Children, Families and Learning, said: “This was a great opportunity for local apprentices meet counterparts from across the area, learn from one another and have some fun into the bargain.

“The Apprenticeship Team Challenge is an excellent showcase of the sheer variety of apprenticeships on offer, and the benefits they offer young people taking their first steps in the world of work.

“We are committed to creating more apprenticeships and are delighted to be hosting this event next year.”

How to get in touch

Employers and would-be apprentices can find out more by contacting Work Based Learning team manager Julie Broadbent on 01642 304224.

For more information, call 08000 150 600 or visit

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