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Apprentices awarded for excellence

John Hudson, MD, presents award to joint winners, Craig (left) and Christopher
More than 100 Maritime - Submarines apprentices successfully completed their training last month to become qualified tradespeople. During an evening of celebration, some were recognised for outstanding achievements.

An event is held annually to mark the efforts of BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines apprentices who complete three or four year training programmes to develop specialist skills. Amongst the host of awards that were handed out this year, a joint award was issued for the Overall Craft Apprentice of the Year when judges were unable to distinguish between two exemplary candidates.

This is the first time that the accolade has been shared and Managing Director John Hudson presented prizes to pipe welder, Craig Burns, 23, and electrician, 22 year old Christopher Walling.

Maritime – Submarines Managing Director, John Hudson, attended the event. He said: “A submarine is the most complicated thing that human beings design and build. We take it for granted, but it requires the highest level of skill and craftsmanship.

“Securing a work force with the right skills is essential to the future of BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines and I am delighted to see that our apprentices are demonstrating the exceptional skills and dedication we need to continue delivering the nation’s future world-class submarines.

“We have invited 130 people onto our apprentice training programme this year – and there had been 1,400 applications for these places. Getting onto the scheme is an achievement in its own right – finishing it is really impressive.”