DONCASTER-born BAE Systems apprentice Devon Sumner has won a top prize at EEF Future Manufacturing Awards.
News of her success came as the aerospace giant announced it is recruiting more apprentices than at any time during the last five years for operations including its aircraft maintenance academy in Doncaster.
Devon, who moved from Doncaster to North Wales to join the pioneering Undergraduate Apprenticeship scheme at BAE’s Airbus plant in Flintshire, was named national winner of the award for Outstanding Achievement by a First Year Apprentice.
The former Hayfields School student was presented with her award by Sarah Sillars, chief executive of Semta, the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies.
Devon said: “It feels fantastic to have won. I’m still shaking and can’t believe it’s happened. I’ll definitely be celebrating.”
BAE has announced it plans to recruit 387 engineering and business apprentices across its UK operations this year - the highest intake since 2008 and 60 more than last year.
Recruits will include 109 trainees for its aircraft maintenance academy at Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster and its military aircraft business at Warton and Samlesbury in Lancashire.