The achievements of young apprentices and trainees from the reion’s aerospace and defence industry have been celebrated at the North West Aerospace Alliance’s annual New Talent Awards.
Following fierce competition and entries from organisations across the North West and Isle of Man, the overall winner of the North West’s Best Aerospace & Defence Apprentice award, who also took home a £1,000 prize, was Daniel Hogg from BAE Systems Ltd.
The runner-up prize was awarded to Joanne Gregory from Paradigm Precision Ltd.
Abigail Parkinson from Kaman UK carried off the “One to Watch” trophy, while BAE Systems scooped the Employer & Training Provider prize.
The Innovation Award went to Tamara Astley from BAE Systems Ltd. This award is about recognising an individual who through their innovative thinking and outstanding engineering skills has brought successful change to the business.
NWAA’s Business University Challenge aims to bring business apprentices, university and college students together to compete head-to-head in a series of challenges to test their negotiation, innovation, communication and presenting skills.
Twelve teams of young people from North West universities, colleges and aerospace businesses competed for the title at Preston’s College in January. MBDA Missile Systems was revealed as the winning team and presented with £1,500 prize money by Royal Aeronautical Society and a trophy.
David Bailey, chief executive officer at NWAA, said: “The New Talent Awards has become a key event for the North West’s Aerospace and Defence Sector. It is important that we continue recognize and reward the achievements of the talent emerging in our industry. It is hugely important to our industry that we increase the numbers of talented young people into apprenticeships to plug the skills gap that threatens our ability to achieve the growth the aerospace market is experiencing.”