A Huddersfield New College student has outshone over 5000 other applicants to secure an exceptional opportunity to study a fully paid Degree Level Apprenticeship in Project Management with British Aerospace Engineering (BAE) Systems. 

Henry Lamper, who studies BTEC Business and A Level Geography, excelled in a highly competitive field of applicants and will now be part of a team managing the new Tempest fighter jet due to be released in 2025. This amazing opportunity will see Henry earn an excellent starting salary and his degree studies will be fully financed. He will attend Lancaster University for one day per week, and in his third year is likely to be based in either Washington or Saudi Arabia as he completes his studies as an international student. 

As a HNC student, Henry was supported to land his dream job with interview support and work experience over the summer at a project management firm in London. This, coupled with attending a range of job interviews and lots of research, ensured he had relevant experience and passed four interview stages including a psychometric test, video interview, academic test and assessment centre day which included a face to face interview. 

Henry comments: “I’m incredibly excited about this opportunity and being part of a team working on future defence technologies. College has provided an incredible amount of support to help me land my dream role, particularly in Business where I gained the skills this position is looking for. College also helped me arrange work experience, which confirmed that project management was the route for me and gave me the experience BAE was looking for. It is amazing I will earn a great salary, and gain a degree level qualification at the same time!”

James Tindall, Teacher of Business comments: “This is an exceptional achievement, Henry has stood out from thousands of applicants to secure this Degree Level Apprenticeship. It is a great example of how a Business qualification can support some exciting and unique progression routes. Henry has worked hard in his studies and in preparing for the tough BAE Systems interview process, and I’m sure he will have a very bright future at the company. We hope he will visit us in the future to share more about his journey with our future Business students, and of course to update us on his adventures at BAE Systems!”