Eight teams from universities and aerospace businesses in the UK’s north-west competed against each other earlier this month in the North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA) Business University Challenge.
The challenge saw teams from BAE Systems, Hycrome, MBDA Missile Systems, PDS Engineering and Unison Engineering and undergraduates from Manchester Metropolitan University, Liverpool University, and Salford University go head to head in a series of ‘The Apprentice’ style mini challenges to test their innovation, business acumen, problem solving, presentation and communication skills.
Liverpool University, MBDA Missile Systems and PDS Engineering were announced as the three top scoring teams on the day and were invited to the 2013 NWAA New Talent Awards evening where the winning team will be revealed and presented with £1,500 prize money funded through the Royal Aeronautical Society Centennial Scholarship Fund.
The challenge aims to provide a collaborative approach for the north-west aerospace industry to recognise and reward emerging young talent and forms part of the NWAA New Talent Awards, which aims to encourage the most talented young people in the region to consider a career in the aerospace industry.
“It is great to have a competition that focuses on transferable soft skills which in the real world are as important as technical knowledge,” says Rosalind Azouzi from The Royal Aeronautical Society, a judge at the event. “Even the teams who were not selected as finalists have all been developed and had to think about the skills," she notes.