Last week, award winners from recent years took part in a behind-the-scenes tour at the Academy for Skills & Knowledge operated by BAE Systems Air business in Samlesbury, near Blackburn.
Almost 30 business leaders visited the state-of-the-art facilities which are used to train hundreds of apprentices and graduates and provide lifelong learning to the almost 10,000 people the company employs in Lancashire.
Babs Murphy, chief executive of BIBAs’ organisers, the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, explained the visit was as part of a unique package offered to the awards’ winners.
She said: “All of our winners enter the BIBAs Academy, which gives them a package of growth workshops, masterclass sessions with business leaders and the chance to visit a number of leading businesses.
“Seeing how a major employer like BAE Systems is committed to upskilling its people will only serve to inspire our winners to continue to invest in the skills of their own workforces.
“It is all about ensuring the best in Lancashire get even better and that is one thing that makes the BIBAs more than just a trophy.”