First national apprenticeship champion is crowned

BAE Systems manufacturing engineer Jenny Westworth (pictured) has been crowned the first ever national Apprenticeship Champion of the Year.

The 23-year-old won after polling the highest number of public votes from a shortlist of 12 regional winners. The award recognises the significant impact apprentices make to their employer's business development and growth, and the former apprentices' role in championing apprenticeships to schools, young people and the public at large. Jenny, who completed a Semta Advanced Apprenticeship in Aerospace Engineering at BAE Systems in 2010, now combines her job working on Typhoon Aircraft with studying for an Aeronautical HND. She was nominated due to her significant achievements at BAE Systems and her role as an education ambassador for the company and also a STEM ambassador for her region.