Apprentices from BAE Systems Electronic Systems operation in Rochester, Kent were involved in running an Engineering Taster Week during the first week of July. Report by technical apprentice Adam Ramsay.
The MP for Southampton Itchen, a former Secretary of State for Innovation and Skills, was the keynote speaker at the awards ceremony this July, where he presented apprentices with awards.
“This city needs people like you with your skills,” Denham told the apprentices.
“I know how hard it has been for you to fight your way through the competition to get an apprenticeship here. You have beaten a lot of other very good young people to get on these training courses and it is only right that everyone comes together to celebrate everything that you have achieved.
“It is really important to celebrate the skills that you are developing because you are the people on whom we will rely to build this city for the future,” he highlighted.
All the first year apprentices were presented with their certificates by Southampton Councillor Carol Cunio before Denham presented the prize winners with their awards.
The 44th winner of the Stainer Prize for the Apprentice of the Year was Gareth Hughes who works for oil company Perenco at Wytch Farm in Dorset.
The IET sponsored the award for Best Maintenance Apprentice. William Lawrance from ExxonMobil was awarded the Highly Commended title, with Perenco’s Matthew Read heralded the winner.
There were over ten awards up for grabs and all bar one of those apprentice winners and highly recommended individuals were IET apprentice members.