NIS welcomes Sellafield Design Apprentices
In line with our continued support of the national STEM agenda, and to further develop the quality of our young apprentices and next generation engineers, NIS recently hosted an “Engineering Awareness” day at our Chorley facilities.
It was an interactive day linking all ages and disciplines of apprentices from both Sellafield and NIS, looking specifically at the wide range of nuclear and high integrity non-nuclear projects that NIS undertake to broaden the engineering knowledge of the apprentices.
In order to understand that the best efforts in design are simply no good if they cannot be built, or don’t give the required functionality, a “live” challenge was undertaken. The apprentices worked in small teams to define the functional and safety conditions required to drop a flask in a test condition. All solutions were then presented back to the group in a constructive but competitive manner. The day concluded with different members of the NIS manufacturing team sharing some of their experiences installing the equipment that NIS design and make all over the world, and a briefing on the NIS design process to ensure that Nuclear Safety is maintained.
Speaking after the event Sellafield Senior Apprentice Training Coordinator Dave Minshall said “I particularly appreciated hearing the personal experiences of engineers with very different responsibilities, of those apprentices I have spoken with, all have said they enjoyed the event and I’m sure all twelve learned things to help them in their future careers”.
Discussions are already taking place with Sellafield to see how we can build on this success to run similar events in the future.