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Barrow project manager wins national award

Kirsten Bell with Paul Fisher

A Barrow-based Project Professional employed by BAE Systems has scooped a top national award.

Kirsten Bell from Barrow was named UK Project Controls Apprentice of the year at the UK Project Controls Expo awards held at the Emirates Stadium in London.

Kirsten beat off competition from three other nominees to gain the accolade recognising her outstanding contribution to the development of training resources. Kirsten graduated from the higher apprenticeship scheme this September as a Senior Project Professional. Through scheme completion she has also been able to complete a foundation degree which has qualified her to work towards completing a full honours degree within the business.

The 22 year old joined BAE Systems 3 years ago and is studying to become a project manager.

Kirsten said: “It was amazing to be short-listed. Taking part in a national event was amazing. Working with a team who developed new online learning techniques for the 900+ project management people who work for BAE Systems in Barrow was a privilege. I’m really proud of the work we did and I can’t wait for the e-learning to be available to all staff.”

Paul Fisher, who leads the Project Management People Capability and Faculty team at BAE Systems in Barrow, said: “Without a doubt we’re making big changes in the Project Management function and recognition of Kirsten’s work is proof of that. Kirsten led the development of a new online training modules that will enable more people to learn about Project Management and Controls in an interactive way which will bring even more knowledge to people working in the business. We’re looking to recruit more people who will need training so this is perfect timing to help their development.”

Kirsten’s success follows news that the first group of project managers employed by BAE Systems Submarines in Barrow have gained Chartered status from the Association for Project Management (APM).

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