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Thursday, 28 August 2014

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Sellafield scheme in award success

SELLAFIELD Ltd has received another award for its highly-rated apprenticeship scheme.

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Success: Sellafield Ltd’s Rory O’Neill collects from the Nuclear Institute president Tim Chittenden

The Nuclear Institute and the National Skills Academy for Nuclear endorsed Sellafield’s electrical and mechanical design apprenticeship programme at a recent dinner in London, hosted by the Institute and the Nuclear Industry Association.

It is the first time that an apprenticeship scheme has been formally approved by the Nuclear Institute.

The endorsement recognises the distinct nuclear aspects of the course.

John Patterson, chairman of Sellafield’s design apprentice scheme, said: “I am thrilled that our design apprenticeship has been approved by the Nuclear Institute as it highlights the nuclear professionalism expected of our apprentices.

“The apprenticeship embraces the extra nuclear design aspects required at Sellafield.

“We were delighted to work with the National Skills Academy for Nuclear and the Nuclear Institute to establish an engineering technician approval route for the Institute and to become the first apprenticeship approved by it.

“This opens up another avenue for our apprentices to recognise their nuclear professionalism and be part of a vibrant community, sharing their learning.”

Stakeholder relations director for Sellafield, Rory O’Neill, collected the award from Tim Chittenden, who is president of the Nuclear Institute and a non-executive director at Sellafield.

Sellafield’s design apprentice scheme is already approved by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

In September, Sellafield Ltd won ‘macro employer of the year’ in the North West heat of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2013, beating the likes of BAE Systems and Unilever.

Then in November it was named as a ‘top 100 apprenticeship employer’ by the National Apprenticeship Service.

Sellafield recently recruited a record 121 apprentices and now employs more than 400.

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock MP said: “Britain’s nuclear industry is very important, which is why it is great news that Sellafield is taking on more and more apprentices.

“We are committed to addressing skills gaps so the UK is best placed to compete and supply energy.

“Apprenticeship programmes like this will help us to build a skilled workforce while also providing young people with the opportunity to forge a career in a growing sector.”

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