BAE strikes gold at awards event

Sally Topping was part of the team behind the Carousel Restoration Project
Sally Topping was part of the team behind the Carousel Restoration Project
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Lancashire aerospace​ workers have landed awards for projects​ picked as among the best.

The Military Air and Information business of BAE Systems, which operates its sites at​ Samlesbury and Warton, collected four gold awards at the company’s Chairman’s​ Awards, which recognises the achievements of its 100,000-strong global workforce.

The teams picked up prizes for a range of projects including a restoration project carried out by ​apprentices on a vintage carousel, owned by a Blackpool children’s hospice, through to advanced manufacturing techniques.

​They picked up four awards at the prize-giving ceremony, hosted by outgoing group chairman Sir Dick​ ​Olver in London.

They were up against entries from across the world.​ One of the winning entries was Apprentice Carousel Restoration​.

When a Blackpool children’s hospice, Donna’s Dream House, became the victim of an arson attack,​ its vintage carousel was one of its major casualties.​ A team of​ BAE apprentices stepped forward to help restore the carousel to its former glory.

​Another award went to the ​F-35 Assembly Production System.

The Samlesbury-based project’s delivery demand means production rates must step up from one-a-month to one-a-day alongside the challenges of maintaining quality standards and keeping costs down.

Another went to Adaptive Machining on Sticky Fixture.

The manufacturing engineering team at Samlesbury came up with the idea and allows for a part to be held in place while it is machined.

A fourth award went to Mental health – breaking the taboo.

The working group, made up of employees, management and trade unions across MAI, was established to look at ways to manage stress and mental health conditions and help reduce sickness and absence.