Jenny is top apprentice

Jenny Westworth, a former apprentice at BAE Systems
Jenny Westworth, a former apprentice at BAE Systems
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A Lancashire apprentice has been named Britain’s first ever national champion.

Jenny Westworth, 23, a former apprentice from Morecambe who works at BAE Systems’ factory at Warton, near Preston, picked up the Apprenticeships Champion of the Year award at the National Apprenticeship Awards on Wednesday night.

The manufacturing engineer now works on the team employed on the Eurofighter Typhoon programme after completing an advanced apprenticeship in aerospace engineering at BAE.

In a public vote against 11 other nominees, Jenny scooped 1,777 of the 7,000 votes cast.

Accepting her award, Jenny said: “I originally applied for University because I’d done well in GCSEs & A-Levels and it is just what you did at my school. 

“When it came to choosing a university, I realised the nearest one to do anything I might be interested in was three hours away. 

“For me, I felt there was much more opportunity from an apprenticeship and it’s given me the chance to see and understand a business from different angles.”

David Way, chief executive of the Apprenticeships service, described her as “a fantastic example” of the contribution apprentices make to businesses across the country.

The awards were handed out at a ceremony at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) at Birmingham on Wednesday.