BAE apprentice receives top award

Apprentice award from left: Harry Neilly, EAL; Rebecca Wolfenden, Apprentice at BAE Systems & EEF Region Director, Darrell Matthews.
Apprentice award from left: Harry Neilly, EAL; Rebecca Wolfenden, Apprentice at BAE Systems & EEF Region Director, Darrell Matthews.

The achievements of an apprentice have been recognised in the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards 2013.

Rebecca Wolfenden from Morecambe won the Outstanding Achievement by a Final Year Apprentice Award, sponsored by EAL, for going above and beyond the call of duty during her apprenticeship with BAE Systems, the defence, security and aerospace company.

Rebecca implemented new processes for BAE Systems, which saved both time and costs, while supporting a number of critical tasks.

She also took direct responsibility for the electronics element of a project to design and manufacture a piece of physiotherapy equipment to aid the care and rehabilitation of amputee patients.

She will now go on to compete against other regional winners from across the UK in January 2014.

Julia Chippendale, managing director of EAL, the specialist awarding organisation for industry qualifications, said: “First of all, I’d like to say huge congratulations to Rebecca. It is testament to her hard work and dedication that she has been acknowledged in the prestigious EEF Future Manufacturing Awards 2013.

“Apprentices are such a vital part of the future of the engineering and manufacturing industry and it is great to see such an outstanding talent being recognised for her efforts.”

The annual awards are hosted by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation. The headline sponsor for the awards is Aldermore Bank.

The national finals take place on January 30, 2014 in London.