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Top performance from Capenhurst Apprentices

28 August 2019

Shining a spotlight on the achievements of its apprentices and its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programme, Urenco, based at Capenhurst, announced that Lauren O’Connor, aged 25 from Ellesmere Port, a Process Apprentice with Urenco UK, is this year’s Apprentice of the Year.

The award was made at a graduation ceremony held earlier this month attended by her fellow apprentices and managers from the company. 

Lauren is one of 12 apprentices at Capenhurst who have successfully graduated this year from two four-year apprenticeship schemes run by UUK and UNS at Capenhurst.  Lauren won the award after demonstrating her commitment and passion for learning as well as her outstanding and consistent performance at work.

Lauren said:  “I have really enjoyed the apprenticeship programme at Urenco.  For me, it has the right mix of learning provided by Training Tomorrow’s Engineers (TTE) whilst carrying out practical tasks and undertaking challenges at work and I would highly recommend this to people who want to do this type of vocational training.  I can’t thank the team at Urenco enough to their support and help over the last four years and I’m absolutely over the moon to get the Apprentice of the Year 2019 award.”

All 12 apprentices have gained their BTEC, NVQ level 3 and their HNC.  Their achievements are the culmination of four years hard work with all demonstrating a high level of commitment and performance during their time at Urenco.

“It is always a pleasure to see our apprentices come through what is a challenging but progressive four year STEM programme offered by TTE and Urenco companies at Capenhurst. As a senior leader who started their career through a nuclear apprenticeship scheme, I am a great advocate of vocational training and the career foundation it provides for our future generations.

Apprentices who enter our schemes, quite often but not exclusively at a very young age, are encouraged to develop many skills including life-skills and gain a sound knowledge about the work we undertake on the Site whilst consolidating their learning through their TTE courses.  Congratulations and well done to each one of our twelve apprentices who have graduated this year.”  Said Chris Lloyd, Head of Engineering and Projects, Urenco UK Ltd.

Including the 12 Graduate Apprentices, Urenco UK (UUK), Urenco Nuclear Stewardship (UNS) and Urenco ChemPlants (UCP) currently have 24 apprentices based on site working on the four year scheme in a number of different roles.  The scheme, which has been in place for a number of years, has proved very popular with students who have chosen to follow a vocational practical training path rather than go to college full-time.


About Urenco

Urenco is an international supplier of enrichment services and fuel cycle products with sustainability at the core of its business. Operating in a pivotal area of the nuclear fuel supply chain for 50 years, Urenco facilitates zero carbon electricity generation for consumers around the world.

With its head office near London, UK, Urenco’s global presence ensures diversity and security of supply for customers through enrichment facilities in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. Using centrifuge technology designed and developed by Urenco, and through the expertise of our people, the Urenco Group provides safe, cost effective and reliable services; operating within a framework of high environmental, social and governance standards, complementing international safeguards.

Urenco is committed to continued investment in the responsible management of nuclear materials; innovation activities with clear sustainability benefits, such as nuclear medicine, industrial efficiency and research; and nurturing the next generation of scientists and engineers.


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