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Themis at Burnley College kicks off Year of Engineering by hosting NWAA Business University Challenge

Teams were judged in their skills and knowledge, as well as their teamwork, assertiveness, management and confidence in their abilities

Themis at Burnley College’s strong reputation for excellence in Engineering was evident at the North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA) Business University Challenge competition, hosted at Themis’ Princess Way campus.

Competing teams from Safran Nacelles, Hyde Group, Swagelock Ltd, Preston’s College, MBDA UK, Hycrome Aerospace, BAE Systems, UCLAN, Paradigm Precision, Burnley College Sixth Form Centre and Nelson and Colne College took part in the all-day event, working together on challenges in negotiation, communication and innovation.

Teams were judged in their skills and knowledge, as well as their teamwork, assertiveness, management and confidence in their abilities. Individual prizes were also awarded to the young engineers who impressed the judges the most with their leadership skills.

The top three teams, Safran Nacelles MBDA UK and BAE were presented with invitations to the highly prestigious 2017 New Talent Awards evening at Manchester Imperial War museum on Thursday 1 March, where the winning team will be announced. Safran Nacelles’ team included outstanding Themis Advanced Apprentices Milli Sagar who has featured in Themis Careers magazine as a #futureboss Apprentice – a future leader of the Aerospace industry.

There were also three individual prizes, with Milli Sagar from Safran Nacelles announced as a winner, as well as individuals from MBDA and UCLan announced on the day. Milli and her fellow winners were presented with invitations to the glittering New Talent Awards, where they will each receive a top prize of £200!

Themis’ Year of Engineering will follow the winners to the New Talent Awards in March, showcasing the breadth of amazing opportunities available to young people looking to get into engineering via an Apprenticeship in the North West.

For anyone interested in finding out more about Apprenticeship careers, the Themis Apprenticeship Careers Event is being held on Tuesday 30 January. Open to young people and their parents, this event is the perfect opportunity to meet leading employers, and learn more about what being a Themis Apprentice is like from successful current Apprentices.

Neil Burrows, Head of Manufacturing and Engineering at Themis said: “The North West Aerospace Alliance Business University Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for leading young aerospace and aeronautical engineers to collaborate and network, bringing their skills and ideas together from some of the UK’s leading employers.

“We thank Chief Executive of NWAA David Bailey and all of our prestigious judges, facilitators and observers for their commitment. Themis would also like to congratulate Milli and the Safran Nacelles team for their double win, and all of our visiting and home-playing Apprentices and Advanced Engineering students for their hard work, and for helping to make the day such a success.”