Jenny Westworth, from Morecambe, who works on the Eurofighter Typhoon, at our Warton site in Lancashire, has already been named as one of the North West’s best apprentices in the regional final of the National Apprenticeship Awards and National Training Awards 2012.
The regional finalists and winners were announced at an event in Blackburn – now the question of who becomes overall national champion will be decided by a public vote.
Jenny, aged 23, was nominated because of her achievements since finishing her apprenticeship and because of her role championing apprenticeships.
Since completing an Advanced Apprenticeship in Aerospace Engineering she has become one of our Education Ambassadors and an ambassador for the promotion of Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEMS) 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 at our Warton site
She said: “It was an absolute honour to win and be acknowledged at the regional finals, and I really hope I can get enough votes to make it through to national finals.
“My apprenticeship was the best possible career choice I could have made. It suited both my learning needs as well as vocational skills. 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: “Employers across the country are proud of the contribution apprentices make to their business from day one. As part of the new era for Apprenticeships, it’s vital that we reward some of these apprentices through our awards and competitions. I encourage everyone to look at the inspirational stories of our Champion of the Year nominees and cast a vote.”
Chris Jones, CEO and Director General of City & Guilds, which is sponsoring the Champion of the Year award, said: “Apprenticeships provide employers with a skilled workforce, whilst giving learners a chance to unlock their potential and progress in their careers. We truly believe in the importance of celebrating exceptional individuals who have inspired others to discover the benefits of Apprenticeships, and that’s why we’re delighted to be sponsoring this award.”
The initial public vote runs until 29th October, with the three leading scorers then invited to the National Apprenticeship Awards held at The Skills Show in Birmingham on the 14th November.
Anyone who wants to vote for Jenny can do so by visiting www.apprenticeships.org.uk.