WINNER! Apprentice of the Year - Large Employer
BAE Systems plc, Naval Ships
Glen Fraser, an Engineering Technician Apprentice at BAE Systems plc, Naval Ships, in Glasgow, was recognised as being amongst the brightest and best young engineers in the UK, at the sixth annual Semta Skills Awards. He received the award for Apprentice of the Year from a Large Employer, sponsored by Coca-Cola European Partners.
Glen struggled through school and was diagnosed with severe dyslexia at an early age. His condition worsened, to the point where he was told by a teacher that 'engineering wasn't for him'. With the help of Dyslexia Scotland, 4 years ago he secured a place on BAE Systems' Technician Programme and hasn't looked back since.
As well as being recognised for his engineering excellence, working on projects with the Royal Navy, the award also took into account the work Glen has done as one of BAE Systems' STEM Ambassadors, inspiring young people to consider a career in engineering.
"Winning a Semta Skills Award proves to those who doubted me, and other young people in my situation, that a successful career in engineering with dyslexia or a learning disability is more than possible," said Glen.
The Apprentice of the Year - Large Employer runners up were: Leah Montgomery (Rolls-Royce plc) and Shelina Osman (Rolls-Royce plc).