Two apprentices from BAE Systems Submarines in Barrow have picked up prestigious awards at the national finals of a major manufacturing awards programme organised by Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation.
The awards, which recognise excellence among manufacturing companies in six categories, as well as five apprentice categories across the UK, were presented at the annual awards ceremony of Make UK which was sponsored by Japanese IT solutions provider Hulft and held at Canary Wharf in London.
Denize Pilarta was the winner in the Rising Star Award in the Engineering Apprentice category while Alfie White was the winner in the Final Year Engineering Apprentice Award category. Also recognised from BAE Systems Submarines was Production Services Apprentice Rosie Smith who was a National Finalist in the Endeavour Award.
Engineer Alfie said: “I was very proud to win. I’ve been given a lot of time and patience by my colleagues in Production Engineering; I couldn’t be more grateful.
“I’m very excited about what the future holds for me and my career within the business.”
Claire Almond, Director of Business Development for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Hulft, said: “Britain is one of the world’s biggest manufacturing nations, and it is a great privilege to be working with Make UK to help support and champion UK manufacturing.
“The sector is facing significant change, as a result of what is being referred to as the fourth industrial revolution, and it is important that businesses are given the right opportunities to properly position themselves for the future.”