A Fylde student is coming down from cloud nine after landing an apprenticeship with BAE Systems.
Carr Hill School student Matt Bamber, 16, saw off competition from hundreds of hopefuls to bag one of a handful of places with the Warton-based aerospace giant.
Matt earned his apprenticeship by impressing staff with the results of his aptitude tests in engineering, mathematics and information retrieval.
He also faced an hour-long interview, a dexterity test and further aptitude test.
Matt, who wants to become a senior technical designer said: “I was so nervous, it was the most pressured situation I have ever been in, but I tried to just be myself and show how much I wanted the apprenticeship.
“I have been interested in working for BAE for a long time, as I have seen how much my dad enjoys his job.
“I went to an opening evening at BAE a few years ago, and was so impressed by the systems that were being used I just knew it was the company for me.
“Thanks to the encouragement of my family and the staff in the school’s technology department, I went ahead and applied for an apprenticeship.”
The paid apprenticeship will start in September, and for the first year apprentices will be based at a training facility in Preston.
The training takes between three and four years with trainers identifying where the apprentices’ skills would be best used.
Jo Beesley, who is head of Minerva College at the Kirkham-based school said: “Everyone at Carr Hill is absolutely thrilled for Matt.
“To gain an apprenticeship at BAE is quite an achievement; the competition is tough and there are few places.
“Matt has a natural talent for engineering and related subjects, alongside his solid work ethic, and I’m sure he will become a great asset to BAE. We wish him the best of luck.”
Of starting the apprenticeship, Matt said: “I’m most looking forward to starting work.
“It will be a big change for me, but I can’t wait to learn in a new environment and earn my own money.
“My family are really proud of me, and my dad keeps telling me what a great opportunity it is for me. It doesn’t seem real yet.”