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UK Nuclear Skills Awards Finalist

UKAEA Engineering Apprentice, Ella Quigley, makes the finals at the UK Nuclear Skills Awards.

The awards, organised by NSAN and Cogent Skills, brought the nuclear industry together to celebrate the success and high achievement of individuals nominated for awards in Apprentice, Graduate, STEM, Subject Matter Expert and Equality, Inclusion and Diversity disciplines.

The awards drew nominations from all over the country, and each category was whittled down to 3 finalists. Ella was up for the STEM Ambassador of the Year award and was up against a Senior Personnel from the Royal Navy and a Deputy Control Manager. Being up against such experienced competition shows how much outreach Ella has managed to pack into her short career. Sadly, Ella didn’t win, but getting to the final was truly a great achievement.

Some examples of activities Ella has been involved with includes dozens of career events and open evenings as well as working with the media to promote engineering apprenticeships. Ella was interviewed by BBC Oxford News and has met both Chris Skidmore, Minister of Science and Education, and the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. Ella has also given a presentation to work experience students and was heavily evolved in setting up a new UTC Oxfordshire lead employer challenge as well as contributing to the Exhibition for EuroFusion.

Apprenticeship Scheme Manager, David Godden, had this to say: “Ella has been an outstanding asset to UKAEA’s apprenticeship scheme and has a real passion and heart for outreach and spreading not only the message of nuclear fusion, but STEM to all ages, from primary schools all the way to sixth form. Ella delivers presentations to local schools with such passion and dedication, the students are inspired to start careers in STEM subjects”.