You're hired: now for the apprentice rewards

Engineering employers have been shortlisted in a national award recognising apprenticeships.

Also waiting to hear if they’ve won at this year’s National Apprenticeship Awards will be Philippa Wilson, pictured above, an apprentice at BAE Systems.

A total of 24 apprentices and their employers from all sectors of the economy have been named by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) as finalists in this year’s National Apprenticeship Awards. Winners will be announced next week (July 15).

The awards shortlist closely follows the announcement by the Government that the number of apprenticeship places available is to be boosted by 50,000.

Finalists from the world of engineering include:


Rolls-Royce: Shortlisted in the Macro Employer of the Year category, Rolls-Royce has supported hundreds of apprentices in its engineering and manufacturing sectors

Sellafield: Another shortlisted entrant for Macro Employer of the Year, Sellafield employs more than 300 apprentices in its 5,000 strong workforce. The company actively supports the STEM agenda through its links with schools and is supporting Britain’s Energy Coast Masterplan by sponsoring 150 community apprentices

Shearline Precision Engineering: Up for Medium Employer of the Year. Over 15 years, the firm has prided itself in nurturing apprentices with a range of transferable skills and producing a dynamic programme to meet the unique demands of the business and the industry as a whole

Kawasaki Precision Machinery: Shortlisted in the Medium Employer of the Year category, the firm is a world-wide provider of power and control solutions and has worked with apprentices for more than 30 years



Philippa Wilson from BAE Systems: Philippa is a finalist in the Advanced Apprentice of the Year category. Through her apprenticeship she has been given a huge amount of responsibility, from managing a project budget, to supervising a team of younger apprentices. Her greatest achievement has been working on the FLAVIIR project, a programme looking at future technologies for un-manned vehicles.

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On being a finalist for Macro Employer of the Year, Graham Schuhmacher, Head of Learning Services at Rolls-Royce, said: “Our apprenticeship programme is extremely successful, attracting a high calibre of applicant. One of the things that makes this possible is the work of our incredible team – people from across the business who invest time and effort to help our apprentices thrive at Rolls-Royce. Our apprentices are a strong advertisement for the company and bring a wide range of benefits. We are thrilled to be recognised through the Apprenticeship Awards and are looking forward to the final ceremony.”

To find out more please view the apprenticeships website.

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