Adam Costello, former Career Ready student who is now completing an apprenticeship at Barclays, has been taking part in the national Brathay Challenge 2015 to be crowned “Apprentice Team of the Year”.
The challenge, which is run by the Brathay Trust, has two key aims: raising awareness of apprenticeships and organising a project to benefit the community.
To address the first aim, Barclays’ apprenticeship team, including Adam, hosted stands at two local careers fairs during National Apprenticeship Week and National Careers Week. The apprentices also attended a business breakfast held at Radbroke Hall and delivered a series of short presentations about their decision to apply for the Barclays apprenticeship scheme.
Adam Costello said: “Barclays is a global business, built upon a strong foundation of individual relationships in local communities around the world. Barclays 5 Million Young Futures commitment is about investing our time and expertise in community programmes that support the next generation to enter the world of work or start their own business. We wanted to support a project that benefitted young people like us but who may not have had such fortunate starts in life.”
“We contacted the Prince’s Trust, who aim to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people, and some of their students came to our office. We delivered mentoring sessions and gave them the opportunity to shadow a number of apprentices to see what their day to day role involved.”
The Barclays team also hosted a fundraising event for the Teenage Cancer Trust. With activities including a 12-hour ‘Bike-athon’, cake sale, raffle and even a sponsored head shave, the team raised an incredible £12,000, thanks to the generous support of the Barclays £4£ scheme.
Speaking of the experience Adam said: “Unfortunately we didn’t make it through to the final, but I would definitely recommend the challenge to any apprentice who wants to develop their skills and get involved in projects that they otherwise would not have the chance to do. The Brathay Challenge was an amazing experience that definitely improved some of my key skills, such as teamwork, communication and organisation.”
For more information and a film of the other Brathay Challenge 2015 finalists click here.