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Jenny is first ever Apprentice Champion

Jenny Westworth - apprentice
BAE Systems' Jenny Westworth, 23, has won the inaugural Apprentice Champion of the Year Award which recognises inspirational role models and outstanding advocates for apprenticeships in the UK

Jenny, who completed her Advanced Apprenticeship in Aerospace Engineering at in Warton, Lancashire last year is also  a BAE Systems Education Ambassador for BAE Systems and a STEM ambassador for the region. She is currently working on the final assembly line for the Typhoon aircraft having also worked on projects to support the Hawk and Tornado aircraft.
In a public vote against the 11 other shortlisted finalists Jenny scooped 1,777 of the total 7,000 votes cast.

On accepting the accolade, Jenny said: “I’m really excited. It’s nice to be acknowledged and also to represent the company. My career stems from the support BAE Systems has given me so it’s great to be able to give something back. 

“I originally applied for University because I’d done well in GCSEs & A-Levels and it’s just what you did at my school.  When it came to choosing a Uni, I realised the nearest one to do anything I might be interested in was three hours away.  For me, I felt there was much more opportunity from an Apprenticeship and it’s given me the chance to see and understand a business from different angles.”

“I am really passionate about encouraging young people into engineering and especially asking women to consider careers in aeronautical engineering as it has exciting and varied prospects.”

David Way, Chief Executive of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: “Jenny is a fantastic example of the vital contribution apprentices make to businesses around the country. I’d like to congratulate Jenny on the huge contribution she has made in championing Apprenticeships and to thank all those who took the time to vote for her as a worthy winner of this award
Nigel Whitehead, Group Managing Director added: “On behalf of the Company I’d like to warmly congratulate Jenny on this well-deserved achievement. She’s truly set the standard for apprenticeships having combined practical skills, excellent academic achievements and great teamwork. Her hard work and passion for engineering and the apprenticeship programme has been hugely motivating to many other young people.