World leader in missiles and missile systems MBDA has a UK base in Stevenage. Every year it takes on a number of intermediate and higher-level apprentices on four-year programmes.

Mechanical Engineering apprentice Danielle Calvert, 18, has already notched up two National Apprenticeship Service awards in the regional rounds.

She said: “I’m working in mechanical assembly which involves putting different parts of the missile together and testing them. I’ve had endless opportunities with MBDA and have been given the chance to go into different schools to inspire others. I also got the opportunity to speak about my story as an apprentice so far at the EEF’S manufacturing organisation’s report for women in manufacturing. I’ve gained a lot of confidence as well as knowledge. This apprenticeship has definitely shaped who I am today.”