A TRIO of apprentices at Hawker Beechcraft Corporation’s Broughton site are celebrating success.
Ben Welsby, who recently completed a three-year airframe technician apprenticeship, was recognised as one of the nation’s most talented apprentices at the WorldSkills UK Skills Show.
Ben, who was honoured at the awards ceremony at the Birmingham NEC, had taken part in a two-week placement at RAF Cosford, where he had the chance to hone his skills, culminating in the completion of a flight check on a Gazelle aircraft.
Meanwhile, first-year apprentices Lee Connah and Whitney Brisco were finalists at the North West’s Engineering Employers’ Federation (EEF) Future Manufacturing Awards, both in the category of outstanding achievement by a first-year apprentice.
Clive Prentice, HBC vice president and general manager for EMEA Operations, global customer support, said: “Reaching the finals is a fantastic achievement for our apprentices and we are immensely proud of all three of them.
“Their success highlights the quality of the apprenticeship programmes which we have at Hawker Beechcraft, and we look forward to Ben, Whitney and Lee having long and successful careers with us.”
Last year applications to the HBC apprenticeship scheme were up 20% compared to the previous year.