Bury College received the Outstanding Innovation Award at the prestigious Skills for Business Awards 2016 in June, for its successful training partnership with Doosan Babcock and the National Skills Academy for Nuclear (NSAN).
The Skills for Business Awards recognise the outstanding contribution that skills and learning make to businesses across Great Manchester.
Joining forces with the Nuclear Industrial Partnership Traineeship Programme, the Bury College partnership has provided skills, support and work opportunities to a group of 12 unemployed young people through a comprehensive six month engineering construction traineeship. It has included work experience placements at Doosan Babcock's world class training facility in Tipton, combined with top-flight classroom studies at Bury College.
The powerful partnership has provided the students with a once in a lifetime opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications and boost their employment skills. It has already resulted in six of the trainees being offered apprenticeships with Doosan Babcock.
Dave Whitehouse, Head of Capacity Planning for Doosan Babcock, said: “The Nuclear Industrial Partnership Traineeship Programme provides a great example of how industry and education can work together to bridge the skills gap between school and employment, resulting in highly skilled young people ready to take on the countless career opportunities in the nuclear industry. This has been a valuable opportunity for Doosan Babcock and I am delighted that our collaborative efforts with Bury College and NSAN have been recognised with this Award for Outstanding Innovation.”
Zoe Whittington, Nuclear Industrial Partnership Lead at NSAN, added: “The effective partnership established between Bury College and Doosan Babcock under the Nuclear Industrial Partnership has allowed them to develop this innovative traineeship course, and we are delighted that it has been recognised with this award. They’ve been able to provide these young people with the foundations they need for their careers, making them the future of our industry. The Nuclear Industrial Partnership are proud to say the development and delivery of this brand new entry route to the sector has been one of the biggest successes of our programme.”
Bury College Engineering Construction Manager, Chris Dickinson, who was instrumental in overseeing the design and delivery of the programme, commented: “It has been a pleasure working with everyone on this excellent project – from Bury College staff to Doosan Babcock engineers and The National Skills Academy for Nuclear. I am extremely proud to have been a part of this innovative programme, and of all the students who have achieved so much."