AN apprentice at a Bolton missile maker was on target at a major national manufacturing awards.

MBDA's Helen Wood was presented with the Final Year Business Apprentice Award at the Make UK ceremony at Hotel Football in Manchester.

Judges were impressed with her all-round approach and said: "Her motivation to succeed is fantastic.

"Not only does Helen put herself forward for activities, which other people may shy away from, she also has an extremely caring attitude, demonstrated by her support for other apprentices and takes a leading role in charitable causes within the business."

Helen will now go forward, as a regional winner, to compete at the national finals in London in December.

The awards recognise excellence among manufacturing companies in six categories, as well as four apprentice sections.