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MBDA trainees team up in challenge to find the UK’s best apprentices

An intrepid team of trainees from defence manufacturer MBDA are set to battle it out for the prestigious title of ‘Best National Apprentice Team’ and raise vital funds for Help for Heroes.

Eight apprentices based at the company’s Lostock factory will go head-to-head against seven other teams across the country in The Brathay Apprentice Challenge.

Following two months of tasks designed to test teams’ abilities to work together, raise money for charity and spread the word about what apprentices can achieve, the challenge will culminate with a series of gruelling outdoor contests at Brathay’s Ambleside training headquarters on 16th March.

In order for the teams to succeed in the challenge they will have to demonstrate excellent communication, planning, problem solving, decision making, team working and leadership skills. The winning team will be the one who amasses the highest cumulative points score over the duration of the competition.

Samantha Ball, MBDA apprentice, said:

“Apprenticeships are a great opportunity to continue further education whilst also gaining valuable work experience. As a team, we’re really excited about using this challenge to spread this message and demonstrate the scope and opportunities that apprenticeships provide.”

Julie Madigan, Chief Executive Officer at The Manufacturing Institute, said:

“Apprenticeships are an extremely beneficial way for businesses to build skills capacity and this challenge will bring to life the benefits apprentices bring to employers. It’s fantastic to see Team MBDA taking up this national challenge and we wish them all the best in raising money for these very worthwhile causes.”

Please support Team MBDA within this task, and help prove that they are the best apprentice team within the UK! You can make a donation to Help for Heroes at Team MBDA’s fundraising page:

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