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Apprentice Graduation sparks celebration at Ultra Electronics

A first for Ultra Electronics Nuclear Control Systems (NCS) and a reason to celebrate as their first group of Apprentices graduated after four years of hard work. Zack Beavan, Haydn Birkett, Joe Key and Dan King completed their Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture and successfully continue on to the next stage of their Ultra careers.

As NCS’ very own trailblazers they have had the challenging task of setting the standard for those to follow. The success of the 2012 intake has demonstrated the value of apprenticeships to both the learners and to the business.
Presentations were conducted by Nick Gaines, Managing Director of NCS, during a companywide team brief in Wimborne. This included a live link to their Seascale site in Cumbria where Haydn Birkett received his award. Nick commented that “When we started our apprentice and graduate schemes nearly five years ago, we did not realise how much the energy and enthusiasm of these young people would change our business. They are our future.”
Following the main ceremony parents were invited in to the business to share in the celebrations. They had a guided tour of site and were able to see first-hand the accomplishments of the past four years. All involved were delighted to witness the range of skills on show by the apprentices and full of pride with their achievements.
Supporting the NCS scheme throughout has been their training partner, The Engineering Trust Training Ltd. To successfully complete an Advanced Apprenticeship it takes close collaboration between the company and training provider to ensure that the technical skills, culture of the business, personal attributes and competencies required are delivered consistently throughout. By working closely the NCS scheme has clearly set out expectations to safeguard that the highest standards are being met. Apprentices are not presumed to simply pass, but attain excellence in line with potential.
An Apprenticeship takes a huge amount of skill, determination, application and patience. It requires vision and ambition. It requires the whole business to engage whether by coaching, mentoring, training and all that goes in between. This is a celebration of all of these qualities in the Apprentices who have completed the programme and all of those who have supported them along the way.
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Notes to Editors:
Ultra Electronics is a UK group of companies with a broad portfolio of specialist capabilities across the defence, aerospace, security, transport and energy sectors. Our products operate in critical environments, and we succeed by solving difficult problems through game changing innovation and close partnership with customers.
Ultra’s Nuclear Control Systems business has its headquarters in Dorset, making sensors and safety systems to protect people and the environment, across the UK and exported throughout the world.

From left to right: Dan King, Zack Beavan, Joe Key