The success of young engineeers and apprentices at a nuclear fuel operating site has been recognised during an annual Skills Awards Day.
Springfields Fuels Limited, near Preston, presented the coveted Westinghouse Guild Trophy for the Apprentice of the Year to 20-year old Jordan Brocklehurst, from Blackpool, a former pupil at Highfield Humanities College.
Steve Hart, financial controller at Springfields, said: “The young people receiving these awards will have had an excellent start to their careers by undergoing an apprenticeship at Springfields. They will have many opportunities at Springfields and in the nuclear industry and my advice to them is to formulate a plan of what they wish to achieve in their career.”
The Springfields Engineering Apprentice Training scheme has operated for 63 years. Since the first intake of just seven trainees in 1950, over 1,700 youngsters have passed through the scheme.
During the last 17 years, Springfields has also provided training for apprentices from external companies.
Ian Curran, Springfields chief engineer and chairman of the Springfields Apprentice Board, added: “One of our biggest challenges is ensuring that we have the skills available to meet future business demands.
“Our apprentice training programme will be pivotal in ensuring that the company meets this challenge.
“Some 25 per cent of our current employees began their careers as an apprentice, and half of those are in supervisory or managerial positions, including our managing director.”