Apprenticeships LIVE – Nuclear – Friday 19th July from 9:30am till 2:00pm
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Leejay joined Sellafield in 2018. The integrated project management degree scheme with Sellafield Ltd is the first of its type in the UK and aims to provide apprentices with the essential Knowledge, Skill and Behaviour elements that are required by project managers worldwide.
9 months in, Leejay has almost completed the first year of his Bachelor Degree studies, all whilst supporting the project team tackling one of the world’s most challenging nuclear clean-up jobs.
The company support and promote involvement of such extracurricular activities so Leejay has managed to participate in these alongside his scheme.
Leejay had the opportunity to be part of filming for National Apprentice Week on behalf of Sellafield Ltd, where he was interviewed by the Institute for Apprenticeships.
Sophie joined Sellafield Ltd as a Health Physics Monitor apprentice in 2017, she had previously worked in various admin roles since leaving school and wanted to change her career path. Sophie was initially attracted to an apprenticeship with Sellafield due to the fact she could continue to earn whilst she learnt a new skill, also the possibility of being retained as a permanent member of staff really appealed to her. Whilst being on the scheme, Sophie has took part in numerous extra activities such as the apprenticeship council, and organisation of charity fund raising events, something which she is particularly passionate about.
Since Adrienne started at Energus in December 2012 as Finance Manager, her journey has been immense. She arrived to Energus with very little knowledge of the Skills & Education sector or the nuclear industry.
In 2015, when the Executive Director of Energus moved on, Adrienne approached the Energus Board and asked them to consider her for General Manager. The rest is history.
In the last three years, Adrienne has taken on new challenges and moved the organisation onward and upward. Taking on management of the Skills and Education programmes was one of her biggest challenges. Managing 70+ graduates was very different from her days of Profit & Loss and spreadsheets.
However, being a people person and using her business acumen she fell into the role and learned on the job. Continually improving customer satisfaction scores and positive feedback from graduates, stakeholders, training providers and the industry as a whole, inspired her to ask ‘What else’?
The past 18 months has seen Energus launch a selection of STEM, apprenticeship and graduate programmes as well as offering bespoke support services to the industry and sharing good practices. Adrienne believes that collaboration with other organisations is crucial, to gain further knowledge and fresh ideas to share between other institutes.
Lucy is a 21 year old electrical engineering Apprentice.
Due to having a break from education for a couple of years it gave her time to decide what career path she would take, becoming focused on wanting to learn something new to progress a potential career in.
The biggest advantage Lucy finds about her apprenticeship is that she gains a degree qualification by working a industry level job, she is gaining valuable experience which then those skills are constantly developing and improving, preparing her to progress throughout Energus.
Lucy particularly enjoys being able to see how different company’s run and how the business side of electrical engineering works, working closely with clients and being able to work on multiple projects with multidisciplinary teams. An Apprenticeship in the Nuclear sector really surprised her as every day is a different challenge and being thrown in the deep end and trusted to work in a team to bring fresh ideas to the electrical engineering sector.
Elliot is studying Electrical Engineering. Elliot studied physics, maths, design and ICT at sixth form and planned on taking on a degree apprenticeship when he finished school but was unsure how to get into one.
He felt doing an apprenticeship would suit him personally as he wants the relevant industry experience and knowledge as well as earning a wage without going to university.
Elliot always had a passion for the Nuclear sector but after school was unsure how to get into this sector without being in full time education.
The opportunity arose in west Cumbria to do a Degree Apprenticeship and he felt this was a path well suited to his academic needs and was too good to miss out on. He is now in his second year of electrical engineering hoping to develop his skills further and ultimately keep learning at what he enjoys to grasp an understanding of what line of work within the Nuclear sector he is best suited too.
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