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30 October 2015

ECITB and Nuclear Institute celebrate success of new Arkwright scholars

The ECITB and Nuclear Institute today (Friday, 30 October) welcome 25 exemplary studentsas part of their support for the prestigious Arkwright Scholarship programme at the Awardsceremony in London.John Robertson Nuclear Institute (far right) with Arkwright Scholars

Today the students will be presented with their Scholarship Awards, by Chris Claydon, chief executive of the ECITB and Helen Fisher from Sellafield Ltd and John Robertson from the Nuclear Institute.The ECITB has been working with the Arkwright Scholarships Trust since 2004 to help develop the talent pipeline of future engineering leaders into the engineering construction industry.

This year, as part of its education and skills Memorandum of Understanding, the ECITB together with the Nuclear Institute is focusing its support on careers in nuclear. TheECITB is sponsoring 11 students in conjunction with the Nuclear Institute who will sponsor 14.

Commenting on the programme and the ECITB’s ongoing support, Chris Claydon said:“The ECITB is delighted to be offering its support again to the Arkwright scholarship programme in its sponsorship of these exceptional students. We are especially pleased to be working with the Nuclear Institute in supporting these scholars in pursuit of a career in the nuclear industry.

The ECITB works closely with the nuclear sector and we hope to be able to leverage our understanding and industry relationships to offer the scholars a real insight into the many diverse career opportunities within this growing industry sector.”John Warden, chief executive of the Nuclear Institute said:“The nuclear industry provides a challenging and rewarding career for the UK's top engineering and design talent, whether in design and construction of a new nuclear plant,operating existing plants or decommissioning old ones.

The Arkwright Trust plays a vital role in identifying and developing that talent and the Nuclear Institute, in collaboration with the ECITB, is delighted to support and encourage Arkwright scholars who are thinking about a career in the nuclear industry. The Nuclear Institute can provide unrivalled access to the nuclear industry and we look forward to supporting this year's scholars as they progress in their studies.”

The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are one of the most prestigious Scholarship schemes in the UK for aspiring future leaders in engineering and technical design. TheScholarships offer mentoring support, work experience and a wide range of other learning opportunities to support high-potential school students during the two years of their ‘A’levels. Arkwright works with many leading organisations, including many within the engineering construction industry.

Scholars are chosen after a highly-competitive UK-wide selection process, including a detailed application form (complete with teacher’s reference), a two-hour problem-solving aptitude exam, and an interview conducted by industrial engineers and hosted at a top university. Following this the shortlist of very-high potential students are then paired with sponsoring companies, relevant to their interests, such as the ECITB and Nuclear Institute.

The ECITB and Nuclear Institute are organising a programme of activities over the next year to help engage students with the industry. This month the two organisations have already hosted the 2015/16 Arkwright scholars at a short nuclear industry awareness programme in Cumbria, which included meeting with experts from Sellafield, NuGeneration, the National Nuclear Laboratory and the Nuclear Institute and ECITB.


Notes to editors:

Avril Goodenough, Communications Manager

Engineering Construction Industry Training Board

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About the ECITB

Established in 1991, the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board’s (ECITB)mission is ‘Securing Engineering Construction Skills now and for the future’. The ECITB is the skills, standards and qualifications body with statutory responsibility for the developmentof the engineering construction workforce of Great Britain. The ECITB has a global footprint and supports clients in 18 countries, providing engineering and project delivery skills across the energy, processing and construction sectors. The ECITB works closely with employers and governments to attract develop and qualify engineering construction personnel in a wide range of craft, technical and professional skills and disciplines.

Over the last 25 years the ECITB has supported 1.4 million learners.

For more information please visitwww.ecitb.org.uk

About the Nuclear Institute

The Nuclear Institute is the UK membership organisation and professional body for all who work in the nuclear sector. We maintain the standards of professionalism and help the careers of our members through continued learning, networking and professional registration.The Nuclear Institute contributes to public understanding of nuclear energy through government consultations, public lectures, resources and school visits throughout the UK.

For more information, please visit www.nuclearinst.com

Follow us on Twitter @nuclearinst

About Arkwright

The Arkwright Scholarships Trust is a registered charity that administers the most prestigious scholarship scheme of its type in the UK.Arkwright identify, inspire and nurture future leaders in Engineering and technical (asopposed to aesthetic) Design, by awarding Arkwright Engineering Scholarships, through arigorous selection process, to high-calibre students in year 11 (England and Wales), S4(Scotland), year 12 (Northern Ireland).The Engineering Scholarships support students through their A Levels or Scottish Highers and encourage students to pursue Engineering or Technical Design at university or through a higher-level apprenticeship and to take up careers in the field.

For more information please visit (http://www.arkwright.org.uk/)


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