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UCLan student looking to be next Apprenticeship Champion

07 October 2013

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BAE Systems’ Nicola makes competition shortlist

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) student and former Lancashire apprentice is aiming to become the latest champion to come out of aerospace firm BAE Systems.

Nichola Mitchell, 22, who is now a procurement engineer on the F-35 programme at Samlesbury, Lancashire, is one of ten in the running to be crowned the City and Guilds Apprenticeship Champion of the Year, which recognises strong advocates of apprenticeships.

She is up against the other finalists in a public vote which runs until Friday 11 October to clinch the prize which is now in its second year.

Nichola, who is now studying a business degree sponsored by BAE Systems at UCLan, said: “It is a huge honour to be shortlisted for the City and Guilds Apprenticeship Champion of the Year, especially when I see the other candidates for this award.

“I hope I can be a positive role model for the apprentices of the future who are looking to take that first step on the career ladder.”

“Having completed an Advanced Business Administration Apprenticeship at BAE Systems in 2011, I have been a big advocate of apprenticeships, which have given me so much.

“I hope I can be a positive role model for the apprentices of the future who are looking to take that first step on the career ladder.

“Now, I need the support of the people of the North West to help me win the public vote.”

The vote runs until 3.00pm on Friday and people can support Nichola’s bid to become a champion by voting at www.apprenticeships.org.uk.

The top three scoring finalists will be announced on Monday 14 October and will then have five days to push their vote tally to a new high in a bid to be named overall champion.