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Youngest Apprentices recognised at Portsmouth Naval Base

BAE Systems
Our Portsmouth-based craft apprentices have been recognised for their achievements at the annual awards ceremony and open day at Portsmouth Naval Base.

The awards, which recognised the talent of our youngest apprentices, also provided an opportunity for proud parents and guardians to see first-hand the skills that are learnt on the scheme.  

Those that were commended included apprentice Paul Winter from Portchester for overall student performance.  Paul joined the scheme after studying to G.C.S.E level at Portchester Community School; he wanted an opportunity to learn hands on skills whilst obtaining a qualification.   He was one of five winners which were chosen for strengths such as progress, leadership, academia and practical performance. Also recognised were Jimmy McGee (19) from Portsmouth for the most progress made since joining the programme, George Clayton (21) from Southampton for the best academic score, Ben Gordon (19) from Hertfordshire for best academic performance and last but not least Haydn Purnell (23) from Southampton for demonstrating exceptional leadership qualities.  

First year students range in age from 16 to 30 and are part of a four year programme. This not only develops the apprentices into fully fledged tradesmen and women who are ready to join the workforce, but equips them with formal qualifications including the BTEC National Award and a vocational qualification in their specified trade.  

Focussing on an individual learning approach, the students are given the chance to identify their strengths and have a taster of a range of business areas before they focus on a particular trade within the organisation. Classes are small, with between one and eight students and there are also plenty of opportunities for further learning or personal interests including a Maths club and an Engineering club. Trades undertaken on the apprenticeship scheme include electricians, joiners, welders, painters, steel workers and pipe workers.

Rory Fisher, Managing Director of BAE Systems’ Maritime Services said: “I am really proud of our apprenticeship scheme; it’s one that continues to deliver high calibre employees.  The kind of bespoke learning we use on our programme really helps to identify strengths in individuals and work with them to match their skills with our future business requirements.”

Paul Winter, winner of the overall student performance award said: “I didn’t feel like I stood out so winning was a massive surprise, winning a prize like this gives you a big confidence boost. The Instructors teach you in your own way, they identify how you are comfortable learning – because everyone is different, they have different ways of explaining things as each student has different styles and needs”.

David Rowberry, a proud parent of Adam Rowberry a first year apprentice said: “All the apprentices have such a positive future at BAE Systems and from my own point of view I was really impressed at the commitment by the staff to ensure each of the apprentices are mentored at their own pace to achieve the high standards expected of them by the company.”