Apprentice Emily Bretnall is named finalist for UK Nuclear Skills Awards

Former Level 5 Human Resources apprentice Emily Bretnall has been shortlisted as a finalist for NSAN’s (National Skills Academy for Nuclear) UK Nuclear Skills Awards 2020 in the Business Services Apprentice category.

The awards ceremony, which takes place in Manchester on Thursday 12th March 2020, will celebrate the successes and achievements of the nuclear industry’s future and current superstars who have been nominated for awards in Apprentice, Graduate, STEM, Subject Matter Expert and Equality, Inclusion and Diversity disciplines.

Emily is currently employed as a HR Advisor for Nuvia, an international nuclear engineering, project management and service provider based in Warrington. She began her level 5 apprenticeship at Warrington & Vale Royal College in December 2017 and completed in July 2019 with a CIPD Level 5 qualification.

In November 2018 Emily received the Warrington & Vale Royal College CIPD Student of the Year Award which she was nominated for by her tutor Tracy Callaghan.

Tracy said: “From day one Emily stood out as an exemplar student as she raised the level of debate in the classroom, offered her own views, thoughts and experiences which helped to inform other students. Her work was first class and always submitted on time and often before the due date! At the end of the qualification element of the apprenticeship, Emily was awarded CIPD Student of the Year in recognition of her contribution and achievement throughout the course. I have no doubt she’ll achieve great things in her career.”

Reflecting on her success, Emily commented: “I thoroughly enjoyed my apprenticeship and am very grateful for the excellent support from my mentor Jill Murphy and tutor Tracy Callaghan.

“To come from a non-nuclear background and to be a finalist at the Nuclear Skills Awards gives me a great sense of achievement. In early December I had to undertake an interview and deliver a presentation to a panel of judges. I’m very proud of how far I’ve come.”

We wish Emily the best of luck and will be keeping our fingers crossed for the awards ceremony in March!