A top Blackpool apprentice is heading out to the Middle East to fly the flag for Fylde coast aircraft builders.
Sean Gallagher from South Shore, is on a mission to cement ties and encourage youngsters to choose careers in engineering.
He is part of a delegation from BAE which is attending the Emirates Skills event in Abu Dhabi.
BAE is hoping to be chosen to supply the UAE with fighter aircraft to replace its ageing fleet of French-built Mirages.
The UAE has expressed interest in buying 60 aircraft and BAE is pushing its Typhoon as the most suitable choice ahead of its French Rafale rival.
BAE is seeking to be a key ally of the UAE in its bid to bring its technology and industry bang up to date, therefore improving its chances of securing the aircraft deal which would safeguard jobs at Warton.
Mr Gallagher today said he was looking forward to meeting young people from UAE and encouraging them to take up hi-tech engineering careers.
He said: “We are supporting the Emirates Skills Show.
“We are trying to get young people there interested in a career in engineering.
“They are hoping to develop the skills set of their workforce, something we in Britain are doing as well, and hopefully with us being out there we can help them build the engineering industry they want to have in the near future.”
Sean said he was excited about having the opportunity to go to the Middle East.
He recently went to Washington DC and said this travel showed the potential that a career in engineering could offer young people.
“I studied engineering at Blackpool and The Fylde College and since leaving there I have never looked back or regretted it for a moment.”
Emirates Skills aims to raise awareness of engineering careers by staging competitions, events, and training.