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Established in 2009 to recognise and reward excellence in skills within the nuclear industry, the UK Nuclear Skills Awards has become one of the industry’s biggest events. This year, TV presenter and consumer rights campaigner Julia Bradbury, hosted the event.
Richard Nicholass, a Trainee Quality Engineer successfully completed his apprenticeship with Ultra Electronics, ENERGY in 2017. His commendable performance, carried throughout his four-year scheme, gave the team the opportunity to enter the competition, illustrating to key industry partners what wonderful young talent the business has. Richard entered the Business Support Apprentice of the Year classification and, having endured the task of completing a lengthy application process, was successfully shortlisted within his respective category. Then followed a day of interviews, filming and scrutiny by a judging panel of distinguished nuclear industry leads. Richard impressively negotiated his way through this to gain top 3 recognition and an invitation to the final awards event.
The evening itself was a magnificent event with wonderful talent on show. Ultra Electronics, ENERGY sponsored the Business Support Apprentice of the Year award, as we did in 2017 at the event. On this occasion it was not to be for Richard, the prize was awarded to Amy Mayor from BAE Systems Submarines. Amy completed her Apprenticeship in Project Management and currently works as a Senior Project Engineer in Nuclear Manufacturing. Despite not winning the overall trophy, Richard’s achievement is something we’re extremely proud of and congratulate him for. He was up against strong competition from across the nuclear industry, with the Office for Nuclear Regulation also shortlisted in the final. To be named one of the best three apprentices in this category across the UK is an outstanding accomplishment. We are once again reminded of what a great group of past and present apprentices we have and that our scheme continues to prove itself against the large multi-national corporations.
This would not be possible without support from across the company, so we thank all those involved for your investment in our young generation and the demands we put upon you in supporting the scheme! A key partner in our Apprenticeship Scheme is The Engineering Trust Training team. Their committed support and high level of service in to our program are key contributing factors as to our continued success.
(l-r) List of people and businesses - Rikki Douglas, Richard Nicholass – Ultra Electronics, Energy, Victoria Enston – Office for Nuclear Regulation, Julia Bradbury.
Photo: Courtesy of NSAN
Congratulations to Richard and the rest of the team involved at NCS. We could not be more proud of you and your achievements!
(l-r) Mark Carpenter – The Engineering Trust Training Ltd, Nick Kyprianou, Sue Racster, Richard Nicholass, John Nicholass, Mark Jenkins, Steve Donaldson, Graeme Stacey and Tim Moul – NCS