Head of Learning and Development Ted Creighton and World Skills silver winner Jack Ambrose

More than 100,000 visitors attended over four days of the UK Skills Show at Birmingham’s NEC, of which BAE Systems was a senior sponsor. Skills competitions included everything from Hairdressing to Formula 1 pit stop procedure. Each competition took place against the backdrop of the exhibition, meaning that Jack, Mark and Tommy had to perform to intense and exacting standards in front of crowds of onlookers.

Jack's Submarines colleagues Mark Wilkinson and Tommy Richardson also performed to a high standard in the competition and were highly commended by the judging panel.

"An absolute credit to themselves and the team who supported them.”

HR (Human Resources) Director Rowland Cooper said: “Well done to all three, and Jack Ambrose in particular. We can rightly be proud of our apprentices – the way in which they conduct themselves makes them great ambassadors for our business.” Apprentice Training Team Manager Paul Rennie added: “All three lads competed and represented themselves and the business in a highly professional way, and were an absolute credit to themselves and the team who supported them.”

BAE Systems had an exhibition stand at the event, which was supported by two apprentices from each business unit. Apprentice steelworker Jamie Lynn and Apprentice Designer Jessica Wernham represented Submarines. Paul said: “They too were a credit to the business. All five Barrow apprentices were able to do this due to the support from their respective work placement areas. In addition the competitors benefited from the knowledge and training given by John Harris, of the NAS fabrication school, along with Paul Carr and Dave Keenan from the Early Careers team.”

Although the original intention had been for the gold medal winner from Birmingham to go forward to the World Skills competition at Leipzig, Germany, next July, there will now be another qualifying round for Leipzig in February – so Jack and his colleagues could get another shot representing the UK.

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