IBM apprentices need your support!
A team of nine apprentices from IBM have entered the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2016, the search for the apprentice team of the year, which will see our company up against employers from across England to be crowned apprentice team of the year 2016.
Our team is made up of:
Acacia Hayles, Identity and Access Management Specialist
Amy Magistris, Bluemix Garage Office and Communications Manager
Katie Fielding, z/OS Systems Programmer
Georgia Crane, Commercial Manager
Martin Dawson, Customer Engineer
Jonah Reid, Customer Engineer
Luke Pearce, RFS Manager
George Marshall, Software Designer
Dmytro Oliinyk, Configuration Manager
What is the Brathay challenge?
The Brathay Apprentice Challenge (#BAC16) is the search for the apprentice team of the year, supported by the National Apprenticeship Service.
To win the Brathay Apprentice Challenge, teams undertake a series of exciting and interactive work-related challenges to develop new skills and showcase their employer by engaging with young people and businesses to promote the benefits of apprenticeships. The challenges are designed to ensure that the teams demonstrate their team building, leadership, logistical and communications abilities.
Teams of nine apprentices can be from a single employer, a group of small businesses, an industry, supply chain or training provider. There is no limit to the number of teams that can be entered per organisation or group.
The apprentices will need your support throughout. Regional Heats take place from February to April 2016 consisting of a Community Project and activities that raise the profile of the team, employer and apprenticeships.
What have we done so far?
So the Brathay challenge is split into two parts. The first is making awareness of apprenticeships where we as a team have to conduct a series of presentations and host events to increase the awareness and benefits of apprenticeships to young people, parents and businesses. And the second part is doing a community project in a local community to benefit young people.
So far the team have reached out to numerous students, parent and teachers in order to make awareness of apprenticeships. We’ve also got involved in National Apprenticeship Week 2016 events, done an Apprentice panel at BT centre, run mock assessment centres and completed job swaps with executives.
For our community project we have partnered up with the charity SEHCO (South East Hampshire Community Outlook) in order to rejuvenate Spithead Resource Centre in Southsea. This is a fantastic opportunity for us as SEHCO have received funding from the lottery to carry out the project. Currently Spithead Resource Centre looks very tired so we are will be redecorating, refurbishing the inside by buying new equipment and getting the IT suite set up and planning the project from start to finish.
What our community project will offer:
Our project will help people living in the area of extreme deprivation adjacent to Spithead Resource Centre by providing a friendly place to drop in, enabling them to find out what’s happening. It will also be an ideally-located base for outreach from local colleges and training providers, a number of whom we have already contacted.
It will assist the large local population of young people, who are often poor and who (living in rented accommodation or lodgings) can be socially/emotionally isolated. It will do this by providing an important part of the framework of support that they need in order to thrive and make the most of their life rather than ‘drop out’.
A rejuvenated Spithead Resource Centre will help the wider community by offering a friendly and welcoming source of varied opportunities for informal engagement. As many of these people will have low confidence, this may well prove a first step towards enrolling in courses that could change their lives.
The area immediately surrounding Montgomerie Road has changed. It is now predominantly populated by young people, a fact that only serves to exacerbate the social isolation of the older members of the population. Bad credit is, increasingly, a feature of the area.
A medium-height chair is no longer merely a piece of furniture but becomes the means by which an older person can participate. The projector screen is not simply a high-tech adornment but an important tool that will help in the informal learning of a young Mum starting to prepare for employment.
The fridge and microwave are not merely kitchen appliances but key resources in preparing the refreshments that mean young people can enjoy a hot drink and a snack and talk with others, making them feel welcome, valued, part of something worthwhile.
Similarly, an Xbox with games is not just a big toy but a way of engaging with young people. The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, already supportive of SEHCO’s work, will be invited to present the trophy to the winner of the Xbox competition, thus giving us the publicity that could attract even more lonely and vulnerable young people and encourage them to participate.
In the meantime, please support us and keep up to date with our progress on Twitter @IBMBAC16.