Case study – Charlotte Hutton at MBDA Missile Systems

Charlotte began her career as an apprentice

Charlotte began her career as an apprentice

The best way of learning about the apprenticeship scheme and the benefits it can bring is hearing from an apprentice themselves. 23-year-old Charlotte Hutton works for MBDA Missile Systems in a permanent role as a senior contracts and bids officer. How did she get to where she is today?

After achieving three A’s at A-level, Charlotte was unsure of whether an apprenticeship would be right for her. She said:“I used to think Apprenticeships were aimed at working in a trade such as mechanics, engineering or plumbing. But that view couldn’t have been further from the truth. My Apprenticeship has combined vocational, academic and work-based learning and working for a multinational company in a complex and innovative industry and given me a number of unrivalled experiences.”

Charlotte undertook a four year higher level apprenticeship at MBDA Missile Systems in Stevenage. Her role in the sales and business development department required her to liaise with senior directors and high ranking military and government officials from across the European defence sector, organise conferences, and travel to company sites working on multi-national export deals.

Charlotte has developed a solid understanding of business, heralded “a real asset to the company” by MBDA’s Education Liaison Advisor Gareth Humphreys and Highly Commended at the National Apprenticeship Awards.