Apprentice Alfie scoops prestigious national award

Published on 12/03/2020 by DTHACK

A high-flying B&FC student has beaten hundreds of the nation’s best apprentice engineers to win a major award.

Alfie White, who’s in the second year of his Mechanical Engineering degree at Bispham Campus, was awarded Make UK's National Engineering Apprentice of the Year title at a glittering ceremony in London’s East Wintergarden.

Alfie competed in a gruelling series of challenges to first win through regional heats and later be judged champion in the national finals.

Competition organisers hailed the progress and potential of the BAE Systems’ apprentice.

It’s an incredible achievement for the 22 year-old Cartmel resident, who was signed up just four years ago to BAE Systems apprenticeship programme.

Engineering is in Alfie’s blood. Both his dad and granddad enjoyed accomplished careers as engineers, and it’s those family ties that inspired Alfie to apply for the apprenticeship.

Alfie, a keen rugby player, is not unfamiliar with winning ways. "Getting on to the submarines apprenticeship is a real sought-after achievement," he said.

"I was determined to be accepted. I kept on calling and calling about my application - and eventually I made it through."

Alfie’s based at BAE Systems in Barrow, and already living up to the high standards expected of a national award winner. He’s regularly achieving First-level results in his degree coursework and Alfie’s ambitions for the future match up to his promise.

"I’d love to be able to progress to a Master’s once I’ve graduated," said Alfie. "Further down the track I’d like to get on an MBA course and hopefully into a business management role."

Senior engineering tutor Margarita Georgieva said: "Mechanical Engineering is very versatile and graduates are very scarce and very much in demand across every engineering field you can think of.

"Mechanical Engineering is one of the foundational engineering disciplines - probably the one that has been around the longest.

"Mechanical engineers made the first and second industrial revolutions happen, and were the driving force behind the greatest inventions of the 19th and 20th centuries.

"Some of them actually create machines for science that have never existed before. So it can also be a very creative thing. But it also is very, very demanding and mathematics-intensive."

Follow in Alfie’s footsteps on B&FC's BEng Mechanical Engineering course.