Remember the article last month where two BAE Systems Apprentices, Ben Green and Daniel Skinner who received their initial first year training at IPS had won awards at World Skills 2017?

Ben Green, who studied electrical and electronics at the IPS training centre in Rochester has recently achieved again, this time at the National BAE Systems Awards, as Apprentice of the year.

This is a yearly event for BAE Systems and this year it was held at the Queens Hotel in Leeds. One apprentice from each UK site who has finished their apprenticeship can be nominated per category and the decision of who is entered in to each category is down to the Apprentice Manager. The selected apprentices then go for an interview style presentation to tell the judges why in their own words they feel they should be the Apprentice of the Year.

After Ben, had been so successful within the Worldskills arena, combined with his academic achievements, Ben was obvious candidate for selection for the Rochester site. Ben has learned six different Software languages in his spare time and was sponsored to work a prototype search and rescue drone with a group of other apprentices.

Ben beat all the other BAE Systems UK business units to claim Apprentice of the Year. IPS caught up with Ben to see how he was feeling after the announcement.

“When I found out I was in the final 3 listing for the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ I was surprised, I wasn’t sure if it was true or not. Then when they announced my name I was relieved as all my hard work has paid off.”

“My training during IPS has given me the knowledge to be able to solder, design PCB’s, fault find circuits, solder to IPC standards and be able to work metal. Without this knowledge, I wouldn’t have been able to compete in World Skills or do the electronic parts of my role.”

IPS would just like to congratulate Ben for his brilliant achievement and we wish him the very best and every success in the future as his career progresses!

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