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Preston apprentice wins prestigious national award

Heather Johnson, BAE Systems and Caroline Milton, Menzies

A talented young apprentice from BAE Systems won a prestigious national apprentice award at this year’s EEF Future Manufacturing Awards, hosted in London.

Heather Johnson, who works for BAE Systems as a Business Procurement Apprentice came up trumps by taking gold in the Business Apprentice Award, having previously won the regional round.

The award recognises the outstanding contribution being made by manufacturing apprentices across the region. The award is highly-respected and hotly contested with winners selected by a panel of judges drawn from business leaders, industry experts and academics.

Heather beat off competition from across the country and won the title after impressing judges with her commitment, ambition and drive to pursue a career in manufacturing. Heather’s passion, hard work and attention to detail, along with her ambitions for a managerial role within the sector were the deciding factors for the judging panel.

Judges said they had been overwhelmed by the high calibre of apprentices nominated this year, making Heather’s win even more of an achievement.

Heather Johnson, Business Procurement Apprentice at BAE Systems, says: “I am absolutely thrilled to have won this award and to have been crowned national winner. It’s an amazing feeling to be recognised for doing something I genuinely enjoy and is setting me up for my future. I’m only at the very start of my career, so to receive gold at these awards and be singled out in this way is a real boost and will motivate me even more. I was thrilled to win the regional award however this is even better.”

Stephen Phipson, CEO at EEF, the manufacturer’s organisation said: “It’s fantastic to hear of Heather’s achievements and the progress she has already made in her career so far. She is a credit to BAE Systems and the manufacturing sector as a whole. I encourage other young people to follow in Heather’s footsteps by becoming an apprentice and to enter a sector that is highly rewarding.”