Nuvia apprentice Natalie Baines scoops the prestigious UK Nuclear Skills, Apprentice of the Year Award 2014!

Olympic athlete Roger Black presenting Natalie with her award
Olympic athlete Roger Black presenting Natalie with her award

Natalie Baines completed her 4-year Advanced Apprenticeship working with international nuclear engineering firm, Nuvia and independent work based learning provider Training 2000.Achieving Distinctions throughout, Natalie demonstrated her outstanding technical skill in Engineering Mechanical Design, but she didn’t stop there! As an Apprentice Ambassador, Natalie has shown long-term commitment to reaching out to other young individuals, often leading initiatives to encourage youngsters to consider a career within the industry. In her own words:

“I am very proud to be awarded UK Nuclear Apprentice of the Year; it is a massive achievement for which I am so grateful. All of the nominees were winners – they all demonstrated commitment to the industry and it was wonderful to see that all our hard work and dedication has been recognised. Winning this award is a great start to my career; I hope that this achievement will further inspire others to pursue a career within the Nuclear Industry and Engineering. I am passionate about the scheme within Nuvia and I will continue to help and mentor others so they can gain as much from the scheme as I have done myself.”

Natalie is currently working as a Mechanical Designer for Nuvia where she is a valued member of the design team. She recently attained her EngTech with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers commenced a BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering at Manchester Metropolitan University, supported by her employer.

Chief Executive Officer, Keith Collett said:
“We are exceptionally proud of Natalie; she is a hugely driven individual who consistently demonstrates her passion for engineering and for motivating others. She has far exceeded what was asked of her by the Company, continually going above and beyond.

We hope that her achievement will inspire other talented young people with an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to look to the nuclear industry to provide a fulfilling and sustainable career. Well done Natalie, a truly inspirational Nuvia individual”

Nuvia’s four year apprentice programme offers on-the-job training, accredited qualifications and a salary throughout. At the end of the four years apprentices have a broad skill set which allows them to progress in an industry that offers a wealth of opportunities.