Universities, Colleges and Aerospace and Defence companies from the North West of England were invited to submit their best young employees and students into the North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA) Business University Challenge. The challenge is one of two award categories for the NWAA’s New Talent Awards, which are designed to recognise and reward the emerging young talent in the North West of England’s Aerospace and Defence sector.

The challenge took place on Wednesday the 27th of January, at Preston’s College and saw 12 teams of 3 go head to head in a series of practical challenges designed to test their communication, negotiation, problem solving, innovation and presentation skills.

The teams were judged by four industry professionals including Martin Eatough,

Provider Account Manager, ECITB Rosalind Azouzi, Head of Skills and Careers, Royal Aeronautical Society, Gina Deehan, Branch Manager, Neville Gee and Ian Blades, NATEP Regional Technology Manager, North West Aerospace Alliance.

The top three scoring teams on the day were Hycrome, MBDA Missile Systems and the Nelson & Colne College and all three teams have been invited to attend the prestigious New Talent Awards ceremony taking place on Thursday the 3rd March at the Imperial War Museum North, in Manchester, where the winning team will be revealed and presented with £1,500 prize money and a winner’s trophy.

In addition, two individuals were selected for showing Outstanding Professional Excellence throughout the day. The winners were Harry Ingle, Hycrome and Ashley Howard, Isle of Man College of Further & Higher Education. Both are invited to the Awards Ceremony to collect their trophies and individual prize money.

David Bailey, Chief Executive at NWAA, said: “I have been very impressed with the professionalism displayed by the teams taking part in this year’s event. Everyone that took part has been a credit to their organisation. The teams get better and the competition gets stronger with each year that NWAA holds this event. I’m sure that the young people taking part today will be the leaders of our aerospace and defense sector in the future”.


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All media enquiries please contact: Sharon McDonald or Kate Wright at NWAA on 01772 648800 or email sharon.mcdonald@aerospace.co.uk or kate.wright@aerospace.co.uk



Images from the Business University Challenge Day 2015 are available to download here:

( Flickr link)

Sponsors of the Business University Challenge are:

  • Prize Money – Royal Aeronautical Society
  • Winners Trophy – Wincanton
  • Professional Excellence Individual Awards -  Safran Aircelle

Top three teams (alphabetical order):

Company Name

  • Hycrome
  • MBDA Missile Systems
  • Nelson & Colne College

Individuals Displaying Outstanding Professional:

  • Harry Ingle – Hycrome
  • Ashley Howard -  Isle of Man College Further & Higher Education

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