BAE apprentices win competition to develop technology to help injured military personnel

Apprentice Innovation Challenge winners ''Picture: Rob Clayton
Apprentice Innovation Challenge winners ''Picture: Rob Clayton
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A team of 10 apprentices from BAE Systems Maritime Services in Portsmouth have won a nationwide competition to design new technology in the Apprentice Innovation Challenge.

Eight teams from across BAE Systems were asked to create an improved grabber device to help patients with limited mobility to pick-up out of reach objects.

The teams were given nine months to plan, design, create and test their end products, before they were presented to a panel of judges and engineering experts.

Team Portsmouth designed their winning prototype to a strict budget and asked patients at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, to test out the ‘Stag Grab’

Lewis Hall, a member of the team said: ‘As a team we’re amazed because there was such strong, clever and well-thought out competition.

‘We’re truly humbled and utterly shocked that the judges decided we were the winning team.’