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Rochester apprentice named Apprentice of the Year

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Ben Green, Test Systems Technician from the company’s Electronic Systems business in Rochester, has been named Apprentice of the Year 2017 at the prestigious BAE Systems UK Apprenticeship Awards.

Ben – who last year completed a three-year electronic engineering apprenticeship – impressed the judges with his ability to programme in six languages, excellence in his studies and his creativity and determination in his role. Ben also took home the Technical Engineering Award. He also was credited for receiving a highly commended award in the 2017 WorldSkills UK competition, which sees him join the wider team that will represent the UK at the global WorldSkills competition in Russia, in 2019. 

Ben Green said: “My apprenticeship gave me opportunity to see how the company works as well as the chance to work with a wide range of products. The range and diversity of what I work on and the external activities that we do for schools make me proud to work for BAE Systems.

“Taking part in the WorldSkills UK competition at last year’s Skills Show was a major highlight for me. To compete to be part of the UK team and to represent BAE Systems was the biggest highlight I’ve had throughout my apprenticeship.”

The annual UK Apprenticeship Awards celebrate the outstanding talent and potential of BAE Systems’ apprentices. This year’s awards were presented at a ceremony in Leeds.

Presenting the awards, Steve Fogg, Managing Director of BAE Systems’ Shared Services business, said: “Our apprentice awards celebrate individual achievement, inspiring stories of community and charitable endeavour and the remarkable contribution our apprentices make to our success. We’re very proud of the investment we make in apprentices and early careers but it is the efforts, achievements and successes made by individuals that make that investment worthwhile for our business.

“Congratulations go to all our winners. It’s fitting that in this, the Government’s Year of Engineering, we are able to celebrate so many great stories of engineering and engineering support. I look forward to seeing how all our nominees progress in their careers.”

BAE Systems is committed to nurturing talent and high-end skills as one of the largest recruiters of apprentices in the UK. The Company recently announced it is currently training 1600 apprentices across its UK-based defence and security businesses – equivalent to around six per cent of its employees.

Those interested in applying for an apprenticeship at BAE Systems this year can choose from approximately 650 apprenticeship training places which are now open to applicants. Opportunities are available in engineering, project management and business administration at all levels of apprenticeship including higher, degree and masters level. This supports BAE Systems’ contribution to the 2018 Year of Engineering, in which the company is joining forces with government and industry to give thousands of young people direct experience of engineering to help tackle the skills gap and widen the pool of young people who join the profession.

Please find a full list of winners and categories from the awards ceremony:
 
Jordan Whiteford, Naval Ships – Craft Mechanical Award
Jordan demonstrated a real commitment to his apprenticeship and dedication to his businesses, including self-funding additional qualifications that he has studied on top of those included in his apprenticeship.
 
Jack Lamont, Naval Ships – Craft Electrical Award
Jack demonstrated an unrelenting passion for his work. He has proven to be first-in-class, achieving 97% in his Higher National Certificate and, at only 20 years of age, has been appointed as Charge Hand.
 
Dale Mullen, Naval Ships – Craft Fabrication Award
Dale is taking on extra training so he can become a crane operator and shows so much pride in his work. He is also taking part in a range of outreach activities including acting as a mentor for the Prince’s Trust.
 
Ben Green, Electronic Systems - Technical Engineering Award and UK Apprentice of the Year 2017
Ben has already been recognised by industry as being world class; receiving a highly commended award in the WorldSkills UK competition. He has been selected for WorldSkills Team UK in Indistrial Electronics. 
 
Daniel Hogg, Air sector – Technical Operations Award
Daniel was part of the local apprentice council and the national apprentice council. He is well respected by his peers and won the North West Aerospace Alliance Apprentice of the Year in 2017.
 
Hannah Booth, Air sector – Business Administration and Support Award
Throughout her apprenticeship Hannah has displayed maturity beyond her years and has been a role model to her peers. Hannah as achieved “above and beyond” recognition for this and has been involved in the project to support the cultural change journey within early careers in BAE Systems.
 
Mary Hollis, Maritime Services – Higher Apprentice Award
Mary achieves excellent results both academically and in the workplace, as well as always being willing to support others. She is an active early careers ambassador and has previously been nominated for the Women in Defence Emerging Talent award. She is a role model to her peers.
 
A number of outstanding achievement awards were also given out to recognise apprentices who have overcome challenges or inspired others. Awards were presented by Mark Aberdein, Senior Relationship Manager of the Institute for Apprenticeships.
 
  • Shannon O’Callaghan, Air
  • Frances Kier, Land UK
  • Robert Bradbury, Submarines
  • Shane Carpenter, Naval Ships
  • Petrus Herle,  Air
  • Abbi Fisher, Maritime Services
  • Adam Langstaff, Air
 
Awards were also given out to line managers and early careers employees who have demonstrated above-and-beyond support for our apprentices.
 
  • Tony Craig, Land (UK)
  • Samantha Holder, Electronic Systems,
  • Norman Suchorzewski, Air
  • Jen Crane, Air
  • Amy Towers, Maritime Services
  • David Brooks, Air
  • Nick Western, Maritime Services
  • Peter Daniels, Naval Ships
  • Steve Malone, Air
  • Kristel Kemp, Submarines
  • Phil Athersmith, Barrow
  • Alan Wright, Naval Ships