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Dounreay named as Large Employer of the Year at engineering construction industry awards


By Alan Hendry

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Dounreay learning development specialist Rhona Gill with the site's award at the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board event.
Dounreay learning development specialist Rhona Gill with the site's award at the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board event.

Dounreay has received a national accolade in recognition of its “exceptional commitment to learning and development”.

The site was named as Large Employer of the Year at the 11th ECI Training and Development Awards, organised by the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB).

The event, billed as a celebration of the brightest and best in the industry, took place at the Cutty Sark in London on Thursday night. It was hosted by engineer, broadcaster, teacher and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) advocate Kate Bellingham.

Rhona Gill, learning development specialist at Dounreay, said: “We’re a very small learning and development team and we’re always punching above our weight, so it’s amazing to be recognised among our peers.”

Dounreay training specialist Andrew Clarke was also a finalist in the Leading Industry Safety Award category.

The site's managing director Mark Rouse said: “Thank you to all the training and development team. This win is a testament to your dedication to this fantastic company.”

Dounreay is now a division of Nuclear Restoration Services.

ECITB chief executive Andrew Hockey said: “I would like to congratulate all the winners and finalists who are great examples of the success stories from across industry over the past year. They exemplify the talent, innovation, resilience and endeavour that our industry holds in such high regard, setting standards to which we all aspire.

“The quality of nominations this year reflects the strength of talent in the industry and the breadth of attendees shows that these awards are one of the biggest events in the engineering construction calendar.

“It was wonderful to be in the same room to celebrate all that is great about training and development in our industry with so many partners and friends representing organisations from across the length and breadth of the UK and internationally.

“I’d like to extend a huge thank-you to all our judges, who had the monumental task of choosing a winner in each category.”

The ECITB is the national employer-led skills, standards and qualifications body for the development of the engineering construction workforce and an arms-length body of the UK government.


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