BAE Systems’ apprentice and skills training manager in Scotstoun, Charlie Murphy, started with the defence manufacturer more than 46 years ago.

He was an apprentice himself but, for the past 20 years, he has been committed to the training and development of more than 1,200 trainees.

His hard work was recognised recently when he was named Instructor of the Year at the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards 2018.

Charlie originally worked as a welder and fabricator and was encouraged by his manager to apply for a role in apprentice training 20 years ago.

Ever since, Charlie has loved training new people and looking at how the company can improve its programme to meet the needs of the apprentices.

He encourages the apprentices to put every effort into doing their best in improving their skills and knowledge every day.

Ainsley Donoghue, a former apprentice with BAE Systems, said: “Charlie really is a rare gem. His passion for us, as apprentices, is something to be admired.

“Charlie constantly strives to push us to be the best that we possibly can be.

“After my three years, it became much more than just completing an apprenticeship. It was about making him proud. I hope he is, and I hope he knows just how well thought-of he is and the massive part that he played in my life.”

BAE Systems invests approximately £90 million per year in education, skills and early careers activities, and has around 2,000 apprentices in training across its UK premises at any given time, with approximately 95 per cent on average securing permanent roles each year.

The company designs, manufacture, and support sophisticated surface ships but employees working at the Scotstoun yard get to be part of a rich history of shipbuilding.

Charlie said: “Shipbuilding has a great history here on the Clyde and I am proud to be part of, and working with BAE Systems, adding to that history.

“I enjoy most the people I work with and come into contact with. They are so passionate about what they do. I am proud when apprentices complete their programmes or achieve awards as I know how hard they work in completing their journey.”