The challenge that beats all challenges

Project Challenge team set to find an apprentice to join them after receiving �3000 to pay for the position'Dean Clough, Halifax'Pictured are Guy Greenwood, Pete Dawber, Gary Dow, Lorna Butterick, Trudy McLaughlin, Emma Graham and Les Wilson
Project Challenge team set to find an apprentice to join them after receiving �3000 to pay for the position'Dean Clough, Halifax'Pictured are Guy Greenwood, Pete Dawber, Gary Dow, Lorna Butterick, Trudy McLaughlin, Emma Graham and Les Wilson
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ARE you looking for an adventure? Willing to get stuck in and always ready for a challenge?

Then you might be just the person staff at Project Challenge are looking for.

The charity, based at Dean Clough, help troubled teens by putting them through their paces with an intensive training programme which combines classroom learning with physical training.

They have been given £2,000 from Calderdale Council, £2,000 from Calderdale Community Foundation and £1,000 from trustee Roger Harvey to fund an apprentice to join their team.

The applicant needs to be from Calderdale and aged between 16 and 24 and although they will be involved in all aspects of the charity – including their twice-yearly treks – they also need to get involved with paperwork and exams.

The most recent graduates completed an 11-day, 210-km trek across Norway.

Lorna Butterick, from the charity, said: “This is a case of putting our money where our mouth is.

“We’re about young people so we thought we should be investing in young people within our own workforce.”

Pete Dawber said: “We don’t just want to take somebody on, we want to get them in and help coach them.

“We’re only a small team so they will get looked after but it is 100mph here.

“They’ve got to be able to hit the ground running.”

Amrez Bhatti, from the National Apprenticeship Service, said: “We are delighted that Project Challenge have decided to recruit an apprentice and are benefiting from the Calderdale Grant.

“Project Challenge is one of an increasing number of employers in Halifax that realises using apprenticeships can not only fulfil long-term recruitment needs and increase productivity but boost the local economy too.”

They last took on an apprentice four years ago and had 120 applicants hotly contesting the place.

Applications will close at the end of June.

For more details call Lorna on 01422 363644.

Any businesses who want further information about apprenticeships can call Amrez on 01274 444125.