Diamond Light Source and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) are arming the engineers of tomorrow with the vital skills and experience needed to succeed in the UK job market, as youth unemployment figures hit 1,000,000.
“This is an excellent way to end my apprenticeship, I’m honoured to be given these awards. It’s with thanks to my supervisors and mentors, everyone has been so helpful from day one. I decided to do an engineering apprenticeship because I didn’t think A-levels were for me. I’m so glad I did it because I’ve enjoyed every moment and have picked up lots of important skills along the way, not to mention making some really good friends for life. I’ve been working fulltime now since the start of October and it’s everything I thought it would be – lots of interesting and varied hands-on work.”
Jamie Nutter, former apprentice
Twenty-two year old Lauren Summers (pictured right) from Wantage received the ‘Apprentice Achievement’ award for successfully balancing her engineering training whilst representing Great Britain in the World Ice Hockey Championships. She said, “I didn’t know I was going to receive this award so it’s a great surprise. It has been tricky doing my ice hockey training and the apprenticeship but I thoroughly enjoy both so I don’t mind working hard. My ultimate aim is to work in the space industry. The apprenticeship scheme offers a way into this field with RAL having a Space Department so I’m hoping to get a permanent position there when I complete my training next year.”
“It is vital that facilities such as Diamond help train the skilled technicians of tomorrow. Diamond began supporting this scheme in 2008 so this is the first year we’re seeing apprentices who were placed at the synchrotron graduate. We’re very pleased and proud. Every day we rely on trained technical people to keep our facility operational and many of our current employees have come up through doing apprenticeships so we are keen to play our part and support this scheme.”
Jim Kay, Head of Engineering at Diamond
Diamond Light Source is the UK's national synchrotron science facility, located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire.
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