Skills supernova

Posted on 4 Aug 2010 by The Manufacturer

Nominations start to roll in for the third annual Nuclear Skills Awards administered by the National Skills Academy for Nuclear.

The Skills Academy has today opened its gate to nominations for the best young talent now training in the nuclear industry. Companies functioning in the nuclear supply chain can enter candidates in a number of categories including Apprentice of the Year, Advanced Apprentice of the Year, Foundation Degree Student of the Year and HND Student of the year (Scotland). Finalists will be invited to attend the high profile UK Nuclear Skills Awards Dinner which will be held on the 10th March 2011.

The awards, which are now in their third iteration, took the decision to add an advanced apprentice award this year in order to do better justice to the many different levels of skills being developed by this growing UK industry. Roland Fletcher, Apprenticeship Manager for the National Skills Academy for Nuclear, “ By expanding the Apprenticeship Awards to two nomination categories we will be able to showcase the range of apprenticeships used throughout our industry. Many of these apprentices are working above and beyond their employers expectations in both nuclear related, (i.e. nuclear worker, radiation protection) and none nuclear related job roles, (i.e. IT and Business Administration) so it is very important for us to recognise and encourage apprenticeship skills required at all qualification levels, for the sector to flourish and for candidates from these roles to be able to be nominated for the awards.”

All of the Awards seek to acknowledge and celebrate learners’ exceptional contributions to their workplace. In the Apprenticeship category (Level 2) there will be four Regional Apprentice Awards covering the following areas, Northwest/Northeast, Southeast/East, Southwest and Wales. The Advanced Apprentice of the Year has five categories, Northwest/Northeast, Southeast/East, Southwest, Scotland and Wales.

For both categories an overall UK Apprentice of the year will be selected from the Regional winners of the award categories. The HND student of the Year is a specific award for Scotland. Applications are welcome for all of these awards from Skills Academy Member Employers on behalf of students who have completed or will complete their framework in 2010. Applications for the Foundation Degree Student of the Year award are welcome from employers with Foundation Degree students who are completing, or have completed at least the first two years of their qualification.

The Skills Awards Dinner is a collaborative event organised by Cogent Sector Skills Council and the National Skills Academy for Nuclear, which will feature both the Regional and National award presentations.
If you would like to demonstrate the excellence of your company’s workforce and your company’s commitment to skills development by nominating individuals for these high profile industry awards today. Award application forms and further information on the awards are available for download from the National Skills Academy for Nuclear’s website All forms are to be received by the Skills Academy no later than 5pm on the 29th October 2010.