Three apprentices from Hawker Beechcraft have been recognised in two of Britain’s major apprenticeship awards.

Ben Welsby – who recently completed a three-year airframe technician apprenticeship at the company’s facility in Chester – became a finalist at the WorldSkills UK Skills Show in November.

Furthermore, Lee Connah and Whitney Brisco were finalists in the Outstanding Achievement by a First Year Apprentice category at the North West region’s Engineering Employers’ Federation (EEF) Future Manufacturing Awards.

“Reaching the finals is a fantastic achievement for our apprentices and we are immensely proud of all three of them,” said Clive Prentice, Hawker Beechcraft vice president and general manager for EMEA Operations, Global Customer Support. “Their success highlights the quality of the apprenticeship programmes which we have at Hawker Beechcraft, and we look forward to Ben, Whitney and Lee having long and successful careers with us.”

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