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Tarmac apprentices compete in award scheme

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Young apprentices based at Tamac’s Birtley office are hoping for success after entering a team in a prestigious national award scheme.

Nine young people from the company are competing with more than 80 teams of apprentices from across the North East and Yorkshire in the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2016. They will undertake a series of work-related challenges that are designed to test a range of skills including team building, leadership, logistics and communication.

The Tarmac team is made up of intermediate and higher apprentices in operational, management and engineering roles. Commenting on the challenge, team member James Stonier, an operations management higher apprentice at Tarmac from Birtley said: “It’s really rewarding to be able to provide guidance to young people in a similar position, and promote apprenticeships by explaining my pathway and what I’ve gained as a result. I was unsure of what I wanted to do when I left school and my apprenticeship has provided me the career path and skills I was looking for.”

One of the first challenge activities sees the Tarmac team set to host a business breakfast that will bring together directors from local businesses and apprentices to discuss the importance and benefit of apprenticeship schemes. They will also be involved in supporting community projects, organising careers open days and arranging a series of job swaps for Tarmac’s senior leadership team, who will become apprentices for the day.

They will find out if they have made it to the national finals of the competition in may. Finalists will then compete in team building challenges at Brathay Trust’s Windermere HG and the winners are crowned in June.

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