Nelson engineer is UK Nuclear Apprentice of Year

MP Andrew Stephenson with national apprentice of the year award winner Andrew Hudson along with (back from left) production director Stuart Fraser, apprentices Mark Lane, Bradley Davenport, Daniel Frost and finance director Frank Kelly at Graham Engineering in Nelson.'Photo Ben Parsons

MP Andrew Stephenson with national apprentice of the year award winner Andrew Hudson along with (back from left) production director Stuart Fraser, apprentices Mark Lane, Bradley Davenport, Daniel Frost and finance director Frank Kelly at Graham Engineering in Nelson.'Photo Ben Parsons

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an apprentice at a Nelson engineering company has been named as UK Nuclear Apprentice of the Year at the fifth annual UK Nuclear Skills Awards.

And it was an evening of double delight for Andrew Hudson, of Graham Engineering Ltd – he also won the Supply Chain Nuclear Apprentice of the Year category.

Andrew completed an advanced engineering apprenticeship in science, engineering and manufacturing technologies via Training 2000 and is now in his first year of a B Eng in mechanical engineering at Manchester Metropolitan University., sponsored by Graham Engineering Ltd.

During his apprenticeship, Andrew developed an interest in robotics which has led to him becoming the lead programmer at Graham Engineering.

When nominating Andrew for the award, his employer highlighted Andrew’s capability in seamlessly managing his work/study balance, while being trained in new “on the job skills” in robotics training, and delivering on a strategic nuclear project.

Andrew’s enthusiasm has been described as infectious and his abilities and success has set a new standard of performance and expectation for all apprentices at Graham Engineering.

Graham Engineering’s managing director Ian Bannister said: “We are obviously delighted for Andrew and justifiably proud of our involvement in his achievements, and as a business we will continue to support Andrew in his academic career in the future.

“Andrew’s success underpins the huge skill base across the SME aspect of the nuclear supply chain, and demonstrates the high technical capability that is available to be utilised to train our new generation engineers”.

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson visited the company’s Edward Street site on Friday to present Andrew with his award.