Burnley College Sixth Form Centre recently hosted the first North West Aerospace Alliance University Challenge; a competition focused on recognising new talent in the aerospace industry. Eight teams from North West businesses and universities competed against each other for the chance to win £1500 funded through the Royal Aeronautical Society Centennial Scholarship Fund.
During the competition groups took part in a series of testing challenges to prove their innovation, business acumen, problem solving, presentation and communication skills. The top three teams were announced as Liverpool University, MBDA Missile Systems and PDS Engineering, all of which were invited to the NWAA New Talent Awards evening where the winners of the grand prize will be announced. Teams from BAE Systems, Hycrome, Salford University and Manchester Metropolitan University also took part in the event.
The event follows the hugely successful Enjoyneering Event that took place at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre in 2013, which saw groups from local schools compete in a series of tasks designed to inspire the local community with subjects involving Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. This event was also used to make local pupils aware of careers in industry, and the continuation of these events illustrate Burnley College Sixth Form Centre’s ongoing commitment to promoting careers in industry.
The NWAA Awards are run by Take Off in Aerospace, a campaign which aims to encourage talented young people to consider a career in the aerospace industry. Lisa Bannister, Image and Engagement Coordinator for Take Off In Aerospace said:
“The Business University Challenge is a step to keep graduates interested in the industry and address the skills gap which is currently facing aerospace and advanced manufacturing. The event provided an opportunity for these talented young people develop their employability skills and to network with future employers.”
The team from Salford University said:
The team from Salford University said, “We didn’t know what to expect, however we were pleasantly surprised. It was extremely well run with some very well thought out challenges. The communication and negotiation tasks were the most enjoyable as they were more engaging and interactive.”
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