The Awards recognise excellence in the workplace and academic study and an Award is also made for work in the community. BAE Systems is one of the largest employers of apprentices in the UK with 1,000 in training at any one time. In 2012 it will be recruiting a further 265 apprentices across the UK.
Tom joined BAE Systems in 2008, completed his apprenticeship in October 2011 and is now studying for a foundation degree in Business Management at Furness College with the Company’s support. He works in a steel-work team on Audacious, the fourth boat of the Astute Class of submarines being built for the Royal Navy at Barrow.
Receiving his award, Tom said: “I’m shocked! I really didn’t expect to win because you are competing against the best of the best across the country. It was so surreal.
“I’m very proud to have won. It is such a prestigious award because you are competing against so many other apprentices who also deserve to win. It was the final award and I didn’t even expect to be nominated, let alone win!”
Alongside the overall winner, a further eight awards were made with apprentices from Lancashire winning four awards. From Samlesbury, Sam Andrews won the Community Achievement Award and Nichola Mitchell won the Business Administration Achievement Award. Jenny Westworth from Warton won both the Academic Commitment and Technical Achievement Awards.
From Brough in East Riding of Yorkshire, Stephanie Steels won the Craft Mechanical Achievement Award and Dave Waslin won the Business Unit Achievement Award.
John Church, a BAE Systems apprentice from RAF Marham won the Craft Electrical Achievement Award and David Crawford from Govan in Scotland won the Craft Fabrication Achievement.
Presenting the Awards, Nigel Whitehead, Group Managing Director at BAE Systems, added: “Our 1,000 apprentices are critical in ensuring the Company maintains a pool of engineering and business talent. Many of BAE Systems' senior managers started as apprentices and I'd thoroughly recommend the training programme as a career option.
“I congratulate all of our nominees and award-winners, and wish them the best in their careers.”
Through its Skills 2020 programme, BAE Systems invests more than £79M per annum in the UK in education and schools activity, university partnerships and training and development for employees including apprentices and graduates. Skills 2020 represents BAE Systems' commitment to ensuring it has the right skills to remain competitive and operate successfully in the UK over the next decade, into 2020 and beyond.
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