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Celebrating UK Skills for Nuclear

25 March 2019

The Hilton Manchester welcomed the nuclear industry’s eleventh annual UK Nuclear Skills Awards on the 21st March. During the evening the nuclear stars of the present and future were announced.

The awards, organised by NSAN and Cogent Skills, were hosted by TV presenter Rob Bell. The event brought the nuclear industry together to celebrate the success and high achievement of individuals nominated for awards in Apprentice, Graduate, STEM, Subject Matter Expert and Equality, Inclusion and Diversity disciplines.

The main sponsor for the evening was the NDA. The NDA’s Chief Executive, David Peattie officially welcomed over 300 representatives from industry, government and training providers.

The top award of the evening was the heavily contested UK Nuclear Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by Westinghouse Springfields, which was won by Kyle Davis from Ultra Electronics Energy. The UK Nuclear Apprentice of the Year is selected from all of the apprentice category winners. Kyle also won the Manufacturing Apprentice of the Year category, which was sponsored by NSAN.

Kyle completed his apprenticeship in Manufacturing (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) and currently works as a Trainee Production Technician.

During his apprenticeship Kyle has been a mentor for work experience students and new apprentices teaching them the basics and about the company. Since the start of his apprenticeship Kyle has participated in careers events around the local area and presented on various subjects to local schools to inspire students about engineering careers. The runners up in the Manufacturing Apprentice of the Year were Harrison Farthing from AWE and Adam Sim from Sellafield Ltd.

Taking the title of Business Services Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by the Nuclear Institute, was Melissa Worrall from Wood. Melissa completed her apprenticeship in Project Controls and currently works as a Project Controls Technician. The runners up in the Business Services Apprentice of the Year category were Jemma Whiddon from the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and Nathan Tracey from BAE Systems Submarines.

Taking the title of Engineering Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by ECITB, was Daniel Hutchinson from Nuvia Ltd. Daniel completed his apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture (Engineering Tech Support) and currently works as a Mechanical Designer. The runners up in the Engineering Apprentice of the Year category were Stuart Lamb from Westinghouse Springfields and David Thomas from William Hare.

The Scientific Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by Ultra Electronics Energy, was awarded to Frazer Hawthorne from the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL). Frazer completed a Scientific apprenticeship and currently works as a Post Irradiation Examination Technician. The runner up in the Scientific Apprentice of the Year was Rachel Hamilton from Sellafield Ltd.

The Engineering Graduate of the Year, sponsored by Sellafield Ltd was awarded to Natalie Mitchell from BAE Systems Submarines. Natalie completed a MSci (Hons) Chemistry and Physics within the Natural Sciences Programme and currently works as an Above Water Surveillance Senior Engineer. The runners up for the Engineering Graduate of the Year were Richard Stokes from Arup and Craig Levin from Westinghouse Springfields.

Taking the title of Science Graduate of the Year, sponsored by the YGN, was Henry Preston from the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL). Henry studied a Physics BSc (Hons) and currently works as a Scientist. The runners up for the Science Graduate of the Year were Catherine Brearley from Sellafield Ltd and Sarah D’Lima from nucleargraduates.

The award for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Champion of the Year, sponsored by the NDA, was awarded to Matthew Payne from BAE Systems Submarines. Matthew takes a pro-active approach on Diversity and Inclusion themes for his company, creating a strategy for educating the apprentice and graduate population across several ED&I topics. The runners up for the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Champion of the Year award were Simon Briggs from MoD and James Bebbington from Sellafield Ltd.

The winner of the STEM Ambassador Award, sponsored by Wood, was Sophie Kelly from Wood. Sophie volunteered for the role of Wood’s STEM Coordinator and is the first person to hold such a role at Wood. Her role includes creating a STEM Network, developing STEM Ambassadors and generating a standardised approach to Wood’s activities. The runners up for the STEM Ambassador of the Year were Adam Cheetham from BAE Systems Submarines and Simon Mitchell from Capula Ltd.

Taking the title of Subject Matter Expert of the Year, sponsored by the Nuclear Skills Strategy Group (NSSG) was Alan Poole from Wood. Alan works as the Head of Profession and is the technical authority and discipline expert for the EC&I capability for his company. Alan is a chartered Engineer and Fellow of the IET. The runners up in the category of Subject Matter Expert of the Year were Dr Deborah Hill from the NNL and Robert Exley from the ONR.

David Peattie, Chief Executive of the Main Sponsor NDA, said:

“We have been delighted to support this year’s Nuclear Skills Awards showcasing the breadth of talent in the nuclear industry. Ensuring we have the right skills in place both now and in the future, is vitally important to the NDA and our mission to clean up the UK’s nuclear sites. Developing young people and talented individuals into tomorrow’s leaders, innovators, engineers and professionals is crucial for the future of our sector and the wider nuclear industry. These awards shed light on the skills and expertise in the industry and rightly celebrate the exceptional work of individuals from across the nuclear sector.”

Jo Tipa, Managing Director NSAN, said:

“The UK Nuclear Skills Awards highlights the exceptional quality of people of all levels, who are committed to careers in the nuclear sector. The Dinner also highlights the vital work done by the training and education professionals working in and with the nuclear industry across the UK.

“I would like to personally congratulate all of the winners and finalists, they are all inspirational examples of the talent that exists in our sector. I wish them all the very best for the future.”

Joana Woolf, CEO of Cogent Skills, said:

“Now in their 11th Year, these fantastic Nuclear Skills Awards truly showcase the nuclear sector’s talent. I’m delighted to congratulate all the winners and finalists – they show us the outstanding quality of people coming into all parts of the nuclear sector who will play a vital role in helping it meet the considerable challenges it faces. I wish each and every one of them the very best for their future careers in this rapidly expanding, strategic industry.”

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Notes to editors

NSAN is the go to place for skills for nuclear. A membership organisation, NSAN exists to improve the performance of companies in the nuclear industry through collaboration and action on skills. NSAN is aiding in improving skills in the nuclear industry by setting the highest standards of excellence, leading the sourcing and provision of skills solutions and expanding our sector’s capabilities. NSAN works collaboratively to deliver outstanding levels of service, enhancing the value we provide to members.