Top apprenticeship awards go to BAE Systems pair

BAEApprsA pair of BAE Systems apprentices have been named the best in the North West. Pav Bhogal (pictured right) picked up the Best Apprentice of the Year prize with Joanne Sharples (pictured left) winning the award for Outstanding Leadership at the New Talent Awards run by the North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA) to celebrate the brightest minds coming in to the industry.

The pair collected their awards at a ceremony at the Imperial War Museum North in Salford

Pav Bhogal, 21, who lives in Preston, Lancashire and is in the third and final year of his apprenticeship, said his experience had surpassed his expectations. He said: “When I started as an apprentice, I could never have expected to be representing BAE Systems and the country at skills competitions or winning awards like this.

“The opportunities I have had to work on world-class aircraft like Typhoon and our unmanned air vehicles projects throughout my apprenticeship has been an amazing experience.”

Joanne Sharples, 22, of St Annes, Lancashire collected her prize following her success in leading a team of three BAE Systems project managers in a competition organised as part of the awards.

It saw them take on teams of engineers in a variety of challenges which included having to build a tower out of spaghetti which was capable of balancing a marshmallow on top.

She said: “The judges were impressed with the way I kept the team motivated even though we were doing badly at the exercise, they commented on the leadership I showed.

“They said I had ‘stepped in whenever needed’ to support the team and drive them forward which was great to hear.”

Joanne is now in her second year of a five-year Project Control Foundation Scheme (PCFS) which w run with Blackpool and Fylde College to train up project managers.

It will see her complete a higher apprenticeship and a foundation degree in her first two years before going on to study a bachelors’ degree in the final three years.

She said: “The opportunities my training with BAE Systems has given me has been fantastic, every day I am involved in something exciting.”

Copyright Ken Hurst 2013


About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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