BAE Systems: A Rising Star

Tue, 31 July 2012

Advanced manufacturing engineer, Kai Burkitt, is our young rising star of the manufacturing world in the prestigious ’30 under 30’ national awards.

Kai was selected for being a true high-flyer, standing out from his peers from other companies and demonstrating passion, enthusiasm and ambition in his role.

He is now acting as an ambassador for the ‘Make it in Great Britain' campaign, which aims to challenge outdated opinions and transform the image of modern manufacturing. He will have a special role in engaging with other young people, to ensure that the next generation is aware of the great jobs and careers in the industry.

On announcing the awards Business Minister Mark Prisk said: “There’s a huge range of different 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 3'0 will inspire the next generation to consider a career in manufacturing.”

Acknowledging the award, Kai, who works on F-35 Lightning II at Samlesbury, said: “To be named as a truly exceptional young employee feels like a great achievement in my short 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.”

“This achievement further boosts my career credentials and will, I am sure, help me with my ambitions in meeting my personal milestones for my career development plan.”

He added: “As part of the ‘30 under 30’ I will draw on my passion and enthusiasm to demonstrate that careers within the engineering sector can be highly advantageous and provide a sustainable career path. I will use bold and innovative methods to show that the engineering sector or manufacturing as a whole is a sexy industry to be involved in and has a very bright future.”

Successful entrepreneur and Dragons’ Den star Deborah Meaden is backing the ‘Make it in Great Britain’ campaign, and is particularly supportive of the ‘30 under 30’.

She 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 is currently on at the Science Museum, until 9 September.

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