As a design consultancy business, Tenet has always focused on developing the next generation of engineers entering our industry and addressing the widening skills gap caused by an aging demographic of engineers approaching retirement age. The importance that the business placed in this issue resulted in the company establishing our own internal apprenticeship scheme back in 2010. This has been in support of the National Apprenticeship Service, with training assistance provided by Total People. We currently have two apprentices progressing through the scheme studying for their HNC and HND in Electrical Engineering.
In fact, this commitment to training doesn't just end after the three year apprenticeship scheme with two of our previous apprentices due to enter their third year of a part time undergraduate degree course at Manchester Metropolitan University. They are joined by Tenet CE&I Designer, Richard Nicholson, who will be entering his last year of studies at the university in September. Over the duration of the four year course, Tenet has provided both financial and vocational support, through a combination of day release to attend lectures, practical work experience and payment of tuition fees.
With so much investment in developing our apprentices and undergraduates, Tenet easily qualified as a member of the 5% Club. This organisation is focused on creating momentum behind the recruitment of apprentices and graduates into the workforce. Its members consist of large and small employers from a wide range of sectors who want to make a difference and support the UK’s ability to compete in increasingly tough global markets. Tenet are proud to support such a fantastic campaign to ensure that our business is sustainable and prepared for growth for a long time to come.
One of Tenet's young trainees recently completed his Advanced Apprenticeship in electrical engineering, gaining a Higher National Certificate (HNC) qualification in the process. After leaving school in 2009, Mark Ellis completed a one year full time Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) course, coupled with an NVQ level 2 qualification. Following this he then embarked on a two year full time Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Warrington Collegiate.
During that time his potential was identified by Tenet, who offered Mark a two year apprenticeship. This is part of the scheme that Tenet has invested in since 2010 and a number of trainees have passed through the programme since. Once completed, the apprentices are offered a choice of career development pathways, including a part time undergraduate programme with Manchester Metropolitan University or the chance to continue gaining practical experience working in the design office as part of a Higher Apprenticeship course.
Upon recieving his certificate, Mark said "Having recently completed my Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the associated NVQ level 3 Apprenticeship. I am now studying a Higher National Diploma (HND) in this subject. When not at college my time has been spent in the design office, where I have been fully mentored in terms of both technical competencies and personal development whilst working on live projects and the whole CE&I design lifecycle. These invaluable skills are enabling me to develop the competencies needed to become a skilled CE&I design engineer."
Mark remains an integral part of the design office team and one of the young engineers being developed by Tenet to support our clients and address the skills gap being experienced by our industry.
The course comprised of 22 training modules in total, covering areas like Leadership and Management; Financial Management; Safety, Health and Environment and Business Development. For the fourth intake, there was also an additional two new modules: Equality and Diversity, and Building Information Modelling (BIM). This modular approach to the structure of the training programme allowed Tenet to select those individuals who would benefit most from the course content and then distribute the information or implement change within the organisation.
On receiving a certificate of completion from Richard, Tenet's Operations Director, Aidan McManus, said "It's great to see a huge organisation such as Costain help to develop the SME community that they so heavily rely on through professional training. A great deal of thanks must be extended to Richard for sponsoring the initiative. We can now look forward to taking the learning that the management team have received and putting it into practice through implementation within the business.”
The annual NDA Estate Supply Chain event went off without a hitch on Thursday 6th November, with Event City in Manchester welcoming well over 2,000 delegates, exhibitors and VIPs from the UK's nuclear sector.
The day started with a keynote speech from the NDA's John Clarke, who, after the recognised success of the pilot mentor scheme organised by the NDA that Tenet has been participating in, confirmed that the programme would now be extended. During her presentation, Baroness Verma stated that, while the industry was showing substantial signs of progress, more needed to be done to encourage women into engineering as a career choice. Rear Admiral Mike Wareham then outlined the MOD's build programme for the next generation of nuclear submarines and the knowledge exchange that is required in order to safely and efficiently decommission the retiring fleet. He also showed a keen interest in how an education focused on STEM subjects could greatly benefit the next generation of young engineers by stopping by Tenet's exhibition stand to talk about the University Technical College (UTC) Warrington.
After the speeches the NDA's Head of Supply Chain Optimisation, Ron Gorham, handed out the awards to those businesses and organisations who had brought about innovation, displayed the best example of collaborative working or had simply gone the extra mile in delivering their project. The full list of winners and highly commended runner ups can be found here.
The rest of the event centred around those companies who had set up their stands in the (relatively warm) exhibition hall. Among the numerous SME and Tier 2 organisations that make up the vital nuclear decommissioning supply chain, it was pleasing to see that those consortia that had recently been awarded major projects were represented in their own right. This enabled plenty of business related networking opportunities and discussions around the theme of Connect & Collaborate.
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