Engineering firms recognised in national apprenticeship awards

The National Apprenticeship Awards 2010 recognised some of the UK’s most dedicated engineering firms – and the work of Philippa Wilson, an apprentice at BAE Systems.

Philippa, pictured, a manufacturing engineer on the company’s F-35 Lightning II aircraft programme in Warton, Lancashire, was highly commended in the Advanced Apprentice of the Year category of the awards, which were organised by the National Apprenticeship Service (look here for details).

Top employers at the awards include the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, winner of the Small Employer of the Year Award.

Faced with an imminent skills gap, the museum set up an apprenticeship programme in aircraft restoration to enable it to preserve its exhibits. Apprentices are given the opportunity to do hands-on training at the Michael Beetham Conservation Centre in Cosford, where they contribute to ongoing maintenance and restoration projects.

The museum has also developed strong links with Boeing Seattle in the USA, with which it runs an exchange programme.

Sellafield Limited won the Macro Employer of the Year Award. The organisation employs more than 300 apprentices in its 5000-strong workforce and works with learning provider GENII to deliver training.

Sellafield actively supports the STEM agenda through its links with schools via its Schools Liaison Department, which encourages learners to study STEM subjects. In supporting Britain’s Energy Coast Masterplan, Sellafield has sponsored 150 community apprentices since 2004.

Kawasaki Precision Machinery and Shearline Precision Engineering were highly commended in the Medium Employer of the Year category, and Rolls Royce was highly commended in the Macro Employer of the Year category.

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