Manufacturing Excellent Awards (MX) for its educational partnerships with local schools, colleges and universities.  As a national competition, the award recognises that MBDA has set the benchmark standard for working together, for the corporate and personal investment in time and resources, and for the subsequent mutually beneficial outcomes that it and its educational partners have generated.

"The Award recognises MBDA's commitment to raising the profile of careers within engineering companies,'' said Craig Murray, MBDA’s Group Human Resources Director, in response to the announcement. ''It is also a fantastic endorsement from the MX judges, who saw not only world class systems and processes supporting our partnership with Education, but witnessed in all the MBDA people they met and interviewed a real pride, passion and commitment."

Steve Wadey, Managing Director MBDA UK, welcomed the news with the following words: "This award is tremendous recognition for our sustained commitment over many years to creating educational partnerships with schools, colleges and universities - partnerships that actively encourage and promote engineering as an exciting career choice for young people. Through these partnerships MBDA is proud to play our part in developing the next generation of British engineers."

MBDA’s success in the MX Awards concluded an outstanding few weeks for the company during which it and its employees won a number of awards:

Recognition as the Best Company for Supporting Education and Enterprise at an awards event held at Cambridge University by the East of England Young Enterprise.

Recognition for engineering apprentices Matthew Schofield from Lostock (pictured left) and Gary Edmonds from Stevenage who have won the World Skills UK Gold Medals in Electronics and CAD (Computer Aided Design).

Recognition for Laura Chapman (Stevenage) who received the Best Student Award from Oakland's College and Gary Edmonds who received a Special Recognition Award for outstanding contribution (see photo right).

Sarah Brewer, Director, SETPOINT Hertfordshire (an educational charity working to inspire the next generation about Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM)) was one of the representatives at the MX Awards presentation. “MBDA are one of Hertfordshire’s largest STEM Ambassador companies, with nearly 100 of their employees actively involved in working with local schools. I frequently witness them in action inspiring the next generation of engineers with much enthusiasm. This award is a well-deserved recognition of MBDA’s excellent work with education in many different capacities.”