First apprentices for 20 years at Risley

Following a gap of over 20 years six new apprentices arrived at Sellafield Ltd’s office at Risley in June and are quickly getting to grips with the business including a visit to the Sellafield site.
The three mechanical and three electrical apprentices are the first to take part in a new design apprentice scheme that was launched at Risley in 2009.

After spending their first year at the Training 2000 engineering centre in Blackburn, the apprentices arrived at the Risley office ready to put their learning into action.

Following the last intake of apprentices at Risley in 1989, it was quite a challenge to set up a scheme for the site.

Sellafield Ltd’s Mike Houghton, himself a former apprentice, said: “What we’re doing with this scheme is working in partnership with the industry to support the development of nuclear engineering skills for the future. Sellafield Ltd’s task is to make our sites cleaner, safer and more efficient every day. This is a huge undertaking that will take decades and by planning for the future now, we’re providing a more secure future for these apprentices.”

Our colleagues in Prospect Union pushed hard for the re-introduction of the scheme at Risley and the National Skills for Nuclear (NSAN) were able to identify potential training providers, which saw Blackburn based Training 2000 being selected.”

Dave Livesey, Prospect Union, said: “To see the young people arrive here at Hinton House, Risley, meet with their new managers and be able to put their training into practice makes all the work put in to developing the scheme very worthwhile. The scheme has proved very popular and we have just selected our second intake.”

Apprentice Ryan Campbell, from Warrington, said: “I really enjoyed the training which gave me an appreciation of all the different areas of design. Now I have the chance to take that hands-on experience and relate it to the work at Sellafield Ltd.”