BAE Systems shortlisted in the National Apprenticeship Awards

Training: Joanne Sharples

Training: Joanne Sharples

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BAE Systems has been selected as one of three companies shortlisted as a national finalist for the Macro Employer of the Year in this year’s National Apprenticeship Awards.

The honour is further recognition of the company’s continuous commitment to deliver high quality apprenticeship programmes across its UK businesses.

BAE Systems was also recently named the London regional winner of the National Apprenticeship Awards.

In addition, the company’s apprentice Joanne Sharples, of St Annes, has been shortlisted as a national finalist in the Higher Apprentice of the Year category.

Joanne works in a project management role for the Company’s Military Air and Information business based at RAF Coningsby. She is currently in her fourth year of her apprenticeship working towards a Bachelor’s degree.

Joanne’s training has so far involved work on complex engineering projects such as the F-35 Lightning II and the Eurofighter Typhoon.

Nigel Whitehead, group managing director, Programmes and Support said: “BAE Systems is a company with great ambitions and we have a long and proud history of delivering top-tier vocational training.

“I am delighted to see our apprenticeship programme receive further recognition for its high-quality training.

“I am thrilled too that Joanne Sharples has been shortlisted for the Higher Apprentice award. Her success highlights the exciting career potential for bright, keen and talented individuals with an appetite to learn.”

The company employs more than 10,000 people at its sites in Warton and Samlesbury,where it makes the Typhoon, Hawk and parts of the F-35.