Sellafield apprentices shine as company announces apprenticeship scheme expansion

Sellafield Ltd Apprentices undertake an intensive four-year Apprenticeship programme gaining hands on experience within industry and through academic study at Wigan & Leigh College’s Pagefield Campus. The programme enables aspiring engineers to study full-time in their first year of the programme, followed by three-years of part-time study which supports students to achieve a higher national level qualification.

Phil Collier, Head of Engineering at Wigan & Leigh College said, “The College welcomes the news of Sellafield Ltd’s recruitment of an additional 165 Apprentices for 2016. In the past year the College has provided 23 Apprentices with the necessary training to establish careers within Mechanical, Electrical and Civil Engineering at Sellafield. The College’s Pagefield Campus, which is a Centre for Excellence in Engineering, provides a bespoke training plan for Apprentices at Sellafield Ltd; ensuring Apprentices gain the relevant qualifications, knowledge and hands-on experience to follow successful careers within the organisation and industry.”

John Patterson, Head of Project Engineering Management at Sellafield Ltd said, "At our Birchwood offices we provide the engineering capability to support Sellafield Ltd’s ambitions to safely decommission the UK’s nuclear legacy. This apprenticeship programme provides young people with the opportunity to engage in challenging and important engineering design work to support our clean-up mission. It also offers valuable life skills such as team work and communication skills that will help them in their future careers.”

Apprentices are also encouraged by Sellafield Ltd to reach their full potential through the company’s motivating staff development programme which sees students undertake additional higher education qualifications at the College.

Mechanical Engineer Apprentice, Tom Mannion, 19 and a former Lowton High School pupil from Leigh added, “I left school and studied A levels at my local college before researching local engineering Apprenticeship schemes. Sellafield Ltd’s Apprenticeship programme is highly sought after and immediately attracted my attention. I was overwhelmed to be selected as an Apprentice and I’ve found studying through work-based learning extremely beneficial to my future career prospects. I’m now in my second year of studies and I’m looking forward to progressing within my Apprenticeship and hopefully within the company on completion of the programme.”

Mechanical Engineer Apprentice, Lauren Clarkson, 20 and a former Lymm High School pupil commented, “I too studied A levels after leaving school. I was initially unsure of a career pathway but my passion for engineering was my inspiration to apply for the Apprenticeship scheme. As a woman in engineering I find my role empowering and entering a male dominated work environment has not phased me. Studying at the College and working within the company can be challenging but yet extremely rewarding. Thanks to the programme I’ve been provided with the opportunities, knowledge and inspiration to succeed.”

Mechanical Engineer Apprentice, Philip Marwood, 22, from Sheffield, added, “I moved from Sheffield to Warrington to join the Apprenticeship programme. I’d previously worked in retail and finance but was keen to join the Apprenticeship scheme as I was aware of its prestigious status and the opportunities which it can present to young people like myself. As an Apprentice I am now assisting engineers through various design processes, gaining hands on experience whilst developing the underpinning industry knowledge at the College. The Apprenticeship programme has enabled me to be an ambassador for Sellafield Ltd apprentices and meet David Cameron at Number 10 Downing Street to discuss Apprenticeship initiatives.”

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