A member of BAE Systems Submarine Solutions’ Corporate Responsibility team has scooped a top award at a prestigious ceremony.
Online PR News – 02-July-2009 – – Paula Short won the Graduate category in the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce Profiting Through Skills - Excellence in Cumbria Awards 2009.
The 25-year-old Communications Advisor was presented with her prize by millionaire investor, and former star of TV’s Dragons’ Den, Richard Farleigh at the Rheged Centre, near Penrith.
Paula, who has worked at the Barrow site for 18 months, saw off stiff competition from two other candidates to land the award.
She said: “It was a surprise even to make the shortlist, so to actually win it given the standard of the other nominations was really pleasing.”
The awards, which were held on 14 May, celebrated the success of individuals and businesses who invest their time, money and effort into learning and development, benefiting both themselves and Cumbria’s economy.
Paula, who went to Chetwynde School and Barrow Sixth Form College before completing a BA (hons) degree in Marketing Management at Manchester Metropolitan Business School, is continuing to learn on the job.
As well as studying for a Diploma at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, she has also secured a workplace mentorship from the former leader of the Barrow Labour party, Terry Waiting, who now works as a Consultant for BAE Systems Submarine Solutions.
Paula said: “I’m now able to pass on these new skills to the wider community as part of my role in the Corporate Responsibility team. It presents me with the opportunity to visit schools and colleges to explain what BAE Systems does, and hopefully help attract some of them to the business in the future.”