Award-winning Rebecca engineers a bright career

A high-performing North Lancashire apprentice has scooped a regional title.

Rebecca Wolfenden, 22, from Morecambe, was named winner of the Outstanding Achievement by a Final Year Apprentice Award for “going above and beyond the call of duty” during her apprenticeship with defence giant BAE Systems.

She took the honour at the north west heat of the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards 2013 in Salford after coming up with a series of new time and money-saving processes for the manufacturer and supporting a number of critical tasks in her role. Rebecca also took direct responsibility for the electronics element of a project to design and make a piece of physiotherapy equipment to aid the care and rehabilitation of amputee patients.

She will go up against other regional winners from across the UK at the national final on January 30 in London.

Darrell Matthews, north west regional director at EEF, said: “Ensuring that the UK has future engineers, team leaders and managers is essential to long-term economic prosperity.

“Rebecca is undoubtedly an asset to the future of the industry.

“I hope that her passion and interest encourages more young people to become engineers.”