8/7/2012 7:19 AM
In March 2012, the Fourth Annual UK Nuclear Skills Awards evening in Manchester UK was organised by the National Skills Academy for Nuclear.
The top award of the evening was the much contested “UK Nuclear Apprentice of the Year” which was won by Darchem Engineering’s, James Watmore. James also won “Supply Chain Nuclear Apprentice of the Year” category.
James started working at Darchem in 2008 and completed his apprenticeship in Engineering, Fabrication and Welding. He now works as a Production Engineer in the Nuclear Systems Business Unit at Darchem. On receiving his award James said,
“Darchem is a well-known company so deciding to do an apprenticeship with them was an easy decision to make. During my time at Darchem, I have always been given the opportunity to develop my personal skills and continue with further educational qualifications which has allowed me to decide which way my career will progress within Darchem; and I am looking forward to the challenges that the future Nuclear New Build in the UK will bring for young people like myself.”
As one of the largest employers of Apprentices in the North East, Darchem Engineering currently has 49 apprentices working at its site in Stillington, Stockton on Tees. The apprentices work within Darchem’s five business units covering Aerostructures, Insulation Systems, Specialist Fabrications, Thermal Protection and Nuclear Systems. Apprentices spend a year at college and then three years doing on-site training with day release.