Christina impressed the judges with her passion for engineering and her ongoing dedication to the promotion of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) careers, working closely with The Institution of Engineering and Technology and WISE, a campaign which supports and inspires girls and women to study and build STEM careers.
The Awards, now in their thirteenth year, are run by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognise businesses that grow their own talent through apprenticeships, as well as individual apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.
BAE Systems, who is the current National ‘Macro Employer of the Year 2015’, was also highly commended in the North West ‘Macro Employer of the Year’ category, recognising the Company’s dedication for delivering high-quality apprenticeships.
Speaking of her win, Christina said: “My apprenticeship changed the direction of my career to one I didn’t even know existed, especially for someone with no previous experience like me. I am absolutely thrilled to be named ‘Advanced Apprentice of the Year’ in the South East and hope to continue inspiring the next generation of engineers.”
Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: “The National Apprenticeship Awards enable exceptional apprentices and dedicated employers to receive the recognition they richly deserve. Apprenticeships enable people to gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed - in some cases up to degree level; and for businesses to grow the talent they need.
“Christina has been named ‘Advanced Apprentice of the Year’ in the South East and I would like to congratulate her on this achievement. There has never been a better time to become an apprentice or employ one.”
BAE Systems’ sought-after apprenticeships reflect its long-term commitment to delivering high quality training. BAE Systems invests more than £80m in education and skills annually across its UK business. The investment ranges from a nationwide engineering roadshow for schools to a life-long learning programme for employees. BAE Systems Apprenticeships have also recently been recognised by a prestigious Princess Royal Training Award.
To find out more about the National Apprenticeship Awards, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/national-apprenticeship-awards