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Meet Liam Barton, apprentice at Urenco UK

11 February 2021

This week, Urenco is recognising National Apprenticeship Week, an annual event highlighting the amazing work being done by apprentices in the UK.

At Urenco, we are proud to offer a range of apprenticeships across our sites, aligning with our commitment to nurture the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Based at our UK site, Liam Barton is one of 1,600 apprentices currently working in the UK civil nuclear industry.  

He started his apprenticeship with Urenco in 2017 and has quickly become a valued member of the Mechanical Maintenance team. He has an incredible work ethic and is always looking for opportunities to learn more about how the enrichment plants run and readily volunteers to take on tasks that he hasn’t completed before.

His manager, Ryan Gardner, commented: “Liam is a breath of fresh air, he has an incredible cheery outlook on life which is infectious. As well as completing the more difficult tasks, he is always the first to take on jobs that he is competent to do, allowing the senior members of the team to focus on more demanding tasks. It has been a pleasure having him in the team and although this is his last year as an apprentice we already view him as an additional technician in our high performing team.”

Liam said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my apprenticeship, everyone has been supportive and helpful, from my manager to my colleagues in the team. This is a great place to work and I get the opportunity to learn something new every day.”

Visit the Nuclear Industry Association’s website to find out more about apprenticeships in the civil nuclear industry.


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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