Aerospace talent honoured at NWAA awards

The region’s best emerging aerospace talent was honoured at Thursday night’s (28th November) North West Aerospace Alliance New Talent Awards.

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The ceremony saw prizes handed out to the region’s best emerging talent, along with the training providers and companies which support their work.

The £1,000 prize, which recognises the North West’s best apprentice, went to Pavandeep Bogal of BAE Systems. The runner-up prize was awarded to Tamas Bodis of Rolls-Royce.

Ryan Worthington of Rolls-Royce carried off the One to Watch trophy, while XChanging HR Services scooped the training provider trophy sponsored by NWAA.

New for 2013 is the Business University Challenge category. Eight young teams from North West universities and aerospace businesses went head to head in a series of ‘The Apprentice’ style mini challenges at Burnley College in October to test their innovation, business acumen, problem solving, presentation and communication skills.

The three top scoring teams on the day were invited to the Awards evening where MBDA (UK) Ltd were revealed as the winners and presented with £1,500 prize money.

The two Professional Excellence awards of £200 were presented to Joanne Sharples from BAE Systems and Robyn Lee from PDS Engineering who both displayed outstanding leadership during the Business University Challenge.

The awards are part of the NWAA’s Take off In Aerospace Campaign aimed at encouraging young people into the industry by changing the image of aerospace and engineering jobs.

Martin Wright, Chief Executive Officer at NWAA, said: “The New Talent Awards event is an important event for new engineers and technicians in the North West. These people are the future of our industry and it’s great to see the exciting activities they are involved in. It is essential that we recognise and reward this emerging talent to keep graduates and apprentices interested in the industry to address the skills gap currently facing aerospace and advanced manufacturing. “Advanced high technology manufacturing is now recognised as a vital part of our economy, offering young people a career for life and the NWAA work in promoting image and engagement in the industry with schools, parents and teachers is a vital part of our work to ensure the region has a consistent and growing pool of talent, as demonstrated by these awards.”