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Friday, 25 July 2014

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Wigton apprentices reach final of national Brathay challenge

Nine apprentices at Innovia Films in Wigton have made the national final of a competition to find the ‘apprentice team of the year’.

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Eight of nine apprentices with team leader Greig Hill in the centre

Innovia was one of 90 organisations to enter the Brathay Apprentice Challenge.

After two months’ competition, it has made the shortlist of eight announced by skills minister Matthew Hancock.

Innovia’s team – Sam Cole, Cameron Davidson, Andrew Donald, Aidan Harrison, Paul Hayton, Shaun Johnston, Sam Ogle, Anthony Slater, and Tarran Vailionis – demonstrated their skills and initiative by helping Chrysalis, a Wigton-based charity that supports adults with learning disabilities. The work involved painting, and making and installing a handrail and ramp.

They also raised £463.20 for Chrysalis through a raffle and by selling chilli to colleagues.

The team also delivered talks on the benefits of apprenticeships to pupils at Nelson Thomlinson School in Wigton and Kirkbride Primary School.

Greig Hill, an electrical control technician at Innovia’s Cellophane plant, who is a former apprentice, acted as team leader and mentor.

He said: “We are really pleased to have all of our hard work recognised.

“As well as bringing us closer as a team we have made such a positive impact on the local community. We are looking forward to the final and showing that Innovia has the best apprentice team.”

The contest culminates in team-building tests, logistical challenges and a physical competition at the Brathay Trust’s headquarters near Ambleside from June 10 to 12.

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