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Team building for skills building

STFC apprentices from Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) and Daresbury Laboratory (DL) have come together for a four-day residential trip, aimed at building new skills and relationships.

Apprenticeships at STFC aren’t just about learning the technical skills needed for a role. STFC works to equip its apprentices with behavioural skills which will help them to thrive throughout their careers and form part of the Apprenticeship Standard. These are skills such as leadership, confidence and team working.

Twenty-eight apprentices made the journey to Skern Lodge in North Devon during August. By taking them away from their usual workspaces, they were given opportunity to focus on the tasks they were being set, instead of worrying about their to-do lists!

There were four clear aims set out for the apprentices to work towards:

  • To develop an understanding of the behaviours required within STFC
  • To practice team skills in a safe environment
  • Develop interpersonal skills
  • Regularly review learning in order to improve performance

The activities to be completed were challenging, but fun, and included a coasteering excursion (working together to negotiate a rocky coastal terrain), high ropes activities and assault course, as well as working in teams for problem solving activities indoors.

Jonathan Aghanian, STFC’s Apprentice Coordinator (North) was keen to develop the confidence of the apprentices: “We had a fantastic four days. It was a great opportunity for all of our apprentices to meet and work with each other, whilst giving them an opportunity to push them outside of their comfort zones. We saw how they developed in terms of their confidence and communication over the week.”

He added: “In particular, it is a good way to welcome our second year engineering apprentices back into the fold as they return from their first year’s training, and allow our other new apprentices from areas such as computing, business administration and lab support to come together to work as a team.”

Find out more about STFC apprenticeship opportunities here.


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Last updated: 23 September 2019

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