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This week, AWE’s award-winning Apprentice Academy is celebrating 60 years of sponsoring and developing the company’s young engineering talent of the future.
During those 60 years, whether in the field of Electrical Maintenance, Electronic/Control & Instrumentation, Precision Machinist and Mechanical Maintenance, over 4,000 young men and women have successfully completed their apprenticeships at AWE.
To mark this occasion, the academy is opening its doors (May 23-25) to apprentices past and present and their families. There will be an exhibition demonstrating the Academy’s history and its role in the future development of young people, as well as an opportunity to take a tour of the Academy and hear from the apprentices themselves.
Each year AWE has over 300 applications with an intake of around 40 young people. Today, over 550 former apprentices (about 10 per cent of the workforce) still work at AWE, many in managerial and supervisory roles.
The newly named Skills Academy, formerly known as the Apprentice School when it first opened in 1952, is now regarded as one of the UK’s leading apprentice academies, receiving numerous accolades and awards.
The Company’s academy was voted Employer of the Year 2009 at the Learning and Skills Council’s South East awards. Other accolades have included the award of Beacon status in 2009 and achievement of ‘outstanding provision’ (Grade 1) by Ofsted in 2008.
Over the years, apprentices have also been recognised individually in both the male and female Apprentice of the Year Award categories for their outstanding abilities and performance.
Final year electronics apprentice Justin Woodley was voted the South East’s top nuclear apprentice by the National Skills Academy for 2009, and this year, apprentices Jude Brunskill and Andrew Boult have been named as winners in the West Berkshire Learner Achievement Awards 2012 in the ‘returning to learning’ and ‘determination’ categories.
AWE’s Head of Facility Services, Sian Butler, said: “At AWE we believe in maximising the potential of everyone who works on our sites. Our award-winning apprentice academy is a great example of this approach with many of those who start their careers here going on to hold senior roles within the business.
“The academy has won well deserved external recognition for its achievements too and we are proud to be associated with this success story which began 60 years ago.”
Notes to Editors
1. AWE plays a crucial role in national defence by providing and maintaining warheads for Trident, the UK's nuclear deterrent.
2. AWE is contracted to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) through a Government-owned Contractor Operated (GOCO) arrangement. Whilst our sites and facilities remain in government ownership, their management, day to day operations, and the maintenance of the nuclear stockpile is contracted to a private company AWE Management Limited (AWE ML). AWE ML is a consortium comprising three equal partners: Serco Group plc, the Lockheed Martin Corporation and Jacobs Engineering Group.
3. For further information contact Media@AWE.co.uk or 01189855888.