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Samlesbury engineer flies the flag for industry's future
A YOUNG employee from BAE Systems in Samlesbury has been named as one of the top rising stars of the manufacturing world.
Kai Burkitt, 24, who works on the F-35 Lightning II strike fighter programme as an advanced manufacture engineer, has been selected as one of 30 ambassadors for the Make it in Great Britain ‘30 Under 30’ campaign by Business Minister Mark Prisk.
The high-flyers come from all walks of manufacturing and were selected by a panel of experts, including Paul Jackson, CEO of Engineering UK.
The campaign aims to challenge outdated opinions and transform the image of modern manufacturing.
Kai, from Stockport, will have a special role in engaging with other young people, to ensure the next generation is aware of the jobs and careers in the industry.
He said: “To be named as a truly exceptional young employee feels like a great achievement in my short but illustrious career. It just shows that hard work, and commitment, pays off. I hope it also highlights that BAE Systems continues to be a world leader in developing the country’s young engineers.”
Mr Prisk said: “There’s a huge range of job opportunities in modern manufacturing, in design, in engineering and in production.
“We need more talented, enthusiastic people to fill these roles, and we hope that the 30 Under 30 will inspire the next generation to consider a career in manufacturing.”
Dragons’ Den Star Deborah Meaden, who is backing the Make it in Great Britain campaign, said: “It’s important to encourage young people to see the value of manufacturing careers. The 30 under 30 will be a valuable asset to the campaign by offering a fresh perspective on what it takes to start up a business or launch new ideas.”
The Make it in Great Britain campaign will culminate in an exhibition at the Science Museum, taking place from July 24 until September 9.
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