LDC portfolio company Dale Power wins The Brathay Apprenticeship Challenge

In 2015, apprentices from LDC portfolio company Dale Power were jointly named alongside Sellafield as the country’s ‘Apprentice Teams of the Year’ following a gruelling seven-month challenge against the country’s leading apprentice employers and training providers.

The Brathay Apprentice Challenge, the official search for the apprentice team of the year, is supported by the National Apprenticeship Service and saw eight finalists raise over £41,000 for nine charities.

Dale Power Solutions raised almost £2,000 for St Catherine’s Hospice and completed a community project, which included refurbishing a local shelter in South Cliff Garden.

Dale Power Solutions and Sellafield Ltd narrowly beat Plymouth City Council and a team from Pera Training and Emfec Group into second place. Nottingham City Homes finished third with Redrow Homes, British Airways and HSBC also competing in the finals.

The eight finalists were selected from 50 teams and 700 apprentices who entered the Challenge. Since January, the teams have staged more than 300 school visits to talk about the benefits of apprenticeships, recruited over 100 employers and delivered 47 community projects.

The Challenge offers an enhanced apprenticeship as it tests and develops the non-technical work skills and personal attributes of competing apprentices.

LDC would like to congratulate Dale Power on this achievement. Well done all!

About Brathay Trust

Brathay Trust is a charity with the mission to improve the life chances of children and young people. They do this by inspiring them to engage positively in their communities. They recognise that children and young people face many challenges in their day to day lives and so work with some of the most vulnerable and ‘hard-to-reach’, helping them to develop the confidence, motivation and skills that they need to unlock their potential and make positive changes in their lives.

by Sophie Reed

Notes to Editors

  1. LDC is the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.  
  2. LDC backs ambitious management teams from UK-based medium sized companies seeking up to £100m of investment to fund management buyouts or development capital transactions.
  3. LDC invests in a broad range of sectors and has particular experience in Healthcare, Industrials, Retail & Consumer, TMT, Travel & Leisure, Support Services, Construction & Property and Financial Services.
  4. LDC has a UK regional network with locations in Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle, London, Manchester, Nottingham and Reading.