A total of 42 North of England teams, including those from Durham County Council and Siemens, are competing in this year’s Brathay Apprentice Challenge.
The initiative sees teams of nine apprentices battling it out to spread the word about apprenticeships through school visits, media interviews and social media activity.
Those involved will also take on a local community project before the end of March to gain enhanced apprenticeships, giving participants the chance to improve their team building, leadership and community skills.
Overall, 110 teams consisting of over 1000 apprentices have enter the National Apprenticeship Service-supported contest to be crowned the apprentice team of the year.
Finalists will be announced in April at the House of Commons prior to the national finals in June 2014.
Godfrey Owen, chief executive of Brathay Trust, which organises the initiative, said: “With each year the calibre and number of teams competing increases making this year – our third – the toughest challenge yet. We look forward to welcoming the finalists once again to our headquarters in Ambleside for the grand final of the challenge.
“The Brathay Apprentice Challenge showcases how apprentices earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future.”