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Apprentice Jenny enters final race for national glory

Jenny Westworth - apprentice
One of our engineers, Jenny Westworth, has been named in the final three for the ‘National Apprenticeship Champion of the Year’.

Jenny, who works on the Eurofighter Typhoon, at our site at Warton in Lancashire, was nominated because of her achievements since finishing her apprenticeship and because of her efforts championing apprenticeships.

The 23-year-old from Morecambe will discover if she has been successful during the National Apprenticeship Awards at The Skills Show in Birmingham on 14 November.

Before then her fate will be decided by a public vote, which will come to a close at midnight on 4 November.

She said: “I was delighted when I heard the news that I was through to the last three and it’s great to be able to represent BAE Systems at this national stage because the company has been so supportive towards me.

“My apprenticeship was the best possible career choice I could have made because it allowed me to get meaningful hands on experience.

“It also allowed me to work out what my strengths and weaknesses were before making a firm choice on what I actually wanted to do. It has helped make me a far better engineer and has provided me with the foundations to a really exciting career. What I am trying to do now is encourage more young people to consider taking up an apprenticeship as I wish I myself had considered it earlier.”   

David Way, Chief Executive of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: “Our three finalists in the Apprenticeship Champion of the Year competition are fantastic examples of the vital contribution apprentices make to businesses around the country.  They are already genuine local success stories and a credit to their employers and the industries they work in. I would encourage anyone who hasn’t yet voted to do so.”

Jenny was recently crowned one of the North West’s best apprentices in the regional final of the National Apprenticeship Awards and National Training Awards 2012.

Since completing an Advanced Apprenticeship in Aerospace Engineering  Jenny has become an Education Ambassador for BAE Systems and an ambassador for the promotion of Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects in her region.

As well as promoting Apprenticeships and demonstrating the careers that studying STEM subjects can lead to, she is also a passionate supporter of the annual National Apprenticeship Week. Jenny qualified as a mechanical manufacturing engineer in March 2011 and, as a result, secured a role working on the Eurofighter Typhoon Final Assembly facility our Warton site in Lancashire.

Anyone who wants to vote for Jenny can do so by visiting www.apprenticeships.org.uk.