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The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) has proudly supported the UK defence programme by providing stewardship of nuclear warheads for more than 60 years.
As a trusted partner to UK government, AWE plays a pivotal role in providing innovative solutions to national nuclear security and supporting Continuous At Sea Deterrence. We are a centre of scientific, engineering and technological excellence, with some of the most advanced research, design and production facilities in the world.
But those facilities would be irrelevant without the engineers and scientists of similar excellent stature to gain the greatest value from their operation. The exact knowledge and skills AWE needs to maintain its programmes cannot be purchased ‘off the shelf’ not least because of the complexity and nature of the work we do to maintain the UK’s nuclear deterrence programme – so the investment we make in the continuing development of our engineers and scientists is essential to meeting our strategic goals.
As evidence of the high level of commitment that AWE shows to its engineers, the company’s professional development programme was reaccredited for a further three years, with no conditions, during a recent joint review with the IET and IMechE.
AWE Head of Engineering (Product), Dave Murray, was presented with AWE’s accreditation certificate by Dan Sanders, IET Regional Development Manager for the South of England, and AWE Director Human Resources, Shan Martin, was presented with a certificate from Mark Morgan, IMechE Regional Development Manager for the South East. Mentors, learners, and AWE Heads of Profession all played a part in the reaccreditation process as well as the ongoing implementation of the organisation’s professional development programme.
Shan Martin, said: “Professional development of staff and our links with key institutions is fundamental to ensuring that our engineers are able to build their knowledge and experience to aid their learning – to meet the organisation’s current and future requirements across all engineering disciplines and to encourage professional registration.”
Manufacturing underpins the delivery of our mission and assures continuity of the UK’s nuclear deterrent stockpile. Working with our own manufacturing training unit and the company training providers, we continually develop our engineers to ensure we have the right skills now and in the future. By doing this, we also realise the benefits of our cost efficiencies.
Our Heads of Profession provide the senior ambassadorship for our professional development programme – energising and inspiring our engineers to be the best they can be and pursue professional registration.
An example of where AWE invests for the long term is demonstrated through the award-winning and nationally recognised Skills Academy – from which we are creating a strong cohort of engineers and specialists assisting in their career progression along the way.
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.