Young Engineers honoured

North West apprentice of the year Bradley Hodgeson
The region’s best young aerospace engineers were recently recognized at the North West Aerospace Alliance New Talent Awards.

The ceremony, held at the Imperial War Museum, Manchester, saw prizes handed out to the region's brightest and best, along with the training providers which support their work.

The top prize which recognises the North West’s Best Apprentice, went to our very own Bradley Hodgeson, sponsored by Neville Gee. The runner-up prize, sponsored by Preston College, was awarded to Zayanam Mansor of Hycrome.

Other award winners in the North West Best Aerospace/Defence Apprentice Awards included Xchanging HR Services who carried off the training provider trophy sponsored by Rock FM/Boom Radio, and Michael Williams of Aircelle who scooped the One to Watch trophy, sponsored by The Manufacturing Institute.

The awards are part of the North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA) ‘Take Off In Aerospace’ Campaign aimed at encouraging young people into the industry by changing the image of aerospace and engineering jobs.

Dr David Bailey, Operations Director at NWAA, said: “The New Talent Awards are a significant part of the calendar for young engineers in the region.

“It’s great to see the exciting activities that these young people are involved in. There is a skills gap in the engineering sector and these young award winners represent the future of the industry.

“The awards also recognise the supporting role played by employers and training providers who develop the skills and talent of these exceptional young people.”

Speaking at the awards was Kelvin Davies, Project Lead of the UK Sports Technology Partnership at BAE Systems.

Kelvin explained how the Technology Partnership is giving some of Britain’s top athletes and their coaches access to expertise and technology innovations normally reserved for the defence and security sector. This expertise is channelled directly into the areas of sports development where it is needed the most and pulls on the knowledge of our 18,000 UK-based engineers to help solve structural and mechanical engineering, aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, mathematical modelling, materials science and simulation challenges.

Image: Bradley (centre) receiving his award