Blackpool young engineer’s win

Connor Bligh with the Guild Trophy at Westinghouse's Springfields site

Connor Bligh with the Guild Trophy at Westinghouse's Springfields site

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Young hi-tech engineers have been hailed as Fylde’s Westinghouse Electric Company held its annual Skills Awards Day to recognise young engineers and employees who have either earned their apprenticeship or achieved academic success in higher education qualifications during the past year.

The event took place at the Springfields nuclear 
fuel manufacturing site at Salwick.

The apprentice prizes were presented by Brian Nixon, manager of Oxide Operations at Springfields. “I began my career at Springfields as an instrument mechanic apprentice,” said Brian.

“Engineering underpins many of the activities carried out on site, from safe operations to process design, and is vital to the success of Springfields. On a wider scale, Westinghouse is expanding its engineering services in the UK and, together with opportunities in its new build programme at Moorside in Cumbria, offers an exciting future for innovative, young engineers in the nuclear energy industry.”

A total of 13 different awards were presented and the top award, the coveted Westinghouse Guild Trophy for the Apprentice of the Year, went to Connor Bligh, 19, (pictured with Brian Nixon) who lives in Blackpool and is a former pupil of Highfield Humanities College and Blackpool and Fylde College.

The Springfields Engineering Apprentice Training programme has operated for 65 years.

Almost 1,850 youngsters have passed through the programme since the first intake of just seven trainees in 1950. Today, 62 apprentices are currently in the programme, of whom 38 are being trained for external companies, including Lyndhurst Precision Engineering, Victrex and the National Nuclear Laboratory at Preston.