Some of the best young aerospace talent were honoured at the North West Aerospace Alliance New Talent Awards held on the 26th February 2015 to recognize their achievements made in 2014.
The ceremony, held at the prestigious Imperial War Museum, Manchester, saw awards handed out to the region’s best emerging talent, along with the training providers and companies who which support their work.
Speaking at the awards was David Barford Senior Manufacturing Engineer at Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrain Ltd. David’s inspiring talk centred around his own career experiences and the importance of the industry.
The £1000 prize, kindly sponsored by Neville Gee recognises the North West’s Best Aerospace & Defence Apprentice. This year the award, went to Graham Slinger from BAE Systems. The runner-up prize, sponsored by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), was awarded to Thomas Worswick also from BAE Systems.
Amy Owen from MDBA Missile Systems carried off the One to Watch trophy, sponsored by Nelson and Colne College, while BAE Systems Shared Services scooped the training provider trophy sponsored by Preston’s College.
The Innovation Award, sponsored by The Hyde Group was new for the 2014 awards, and went to Luke McKinlay from RLC. This award is about recognising an individual who through their innovative thinking and outstanding engineering skills has brought successful change to business processes for their employer.
or 2013 we ran a new category to our awards- the Business University Challenge. Which aims to give both business apprentices and university students the opportunity to take part in on of the categories. Due to its success and fantastic feedback from the candidates it was also run for this years Awards.
Eight teams of young people from North West universities and aerospace businesses went head to head in a series of ‘The Apprentice’ style mini challenges at Preston’s College earlier in February to test their negotiation, innovation, problem solving, presentation and communication skills.
The three top scoring teams from the day, Hycrome (Europe Ltd), Safran Airchelle and The University Of Central Lancashire were invited to the Awards evening where the results of the winnin team were announced. The University of Central Lancashire were revealed as the winners and presented with £1,500 prize money by NWAA and a trophy sponsored by Wincaton.
The two Professional Excellence awards of £200, sponsored by the The Isle of Man Aerospace Cluster, were presented to Alex Todd from Paradigm Precision Engineering and Oliver Cowley-Topping from Magellan Aerospace who both displayed outstanding leadership and professional excellence during the Business University Challenge.
Bradley Hodgeson from BAE Systems, who won the Best Apprentice Award 2 years ago, was the young guest speaker. Bradley talked about his journey at BAE Systems and challenges he’s faced along the way.
David Bailey, Chief Executive Officer at NWAA, said: “The New Talent Awards has become a key event for the North West’s Aerospace and Defence Sector. It is important that we recognize and reward the achievements of the talent emerging in our industry. It is hugely important to our industry that we increase the numbers of talented young people into apprenticeships to plug the skills gap that threatens our ability to achieve the growth the aerospace market is experiencing.”