A 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