Minister’s Award recognises the great value, flexibility and innovation that SMEs bring to the UK’s nuclear decommissioning programme.
Metalcraft which forms part of Avingtrans PLC’s Energy and Medical Division, was also highly commended in the Capability and Capacity category when the winners were announced at the event in Manchester.
Austen Adams, managing director of Avingtrans’ Energy and Medical division, said: “This is fantastic news for the business and welcome recognition of all the hard work the team has put in to establish ourselves as a key supplier in the sector.
“The judges’ comments highlighted our commitment to investing in home-grown talent through our apprenticeship scheme – which is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary – as well as our determination to supply products and equipment for high-integrity, mission-critical items well into the future, ensuring the next generation of engineers is trained to the highest standards.”
Metalcraft was also highly commended in the Capability and Capacity category, judges praised the business for its anticipation of an impending skills challenge among an ageing workforce and the development of an apprentice training academy to overcome this issue.
Ron Gorham, chair of the judging panel and NDA’s head of supply chain optimisation, concluded: “Our suppliers play a critical role in delivering timely, cost-effective decommissioning across our sites, and we are delighted to acknowledge their vital contribution.”
“These awards celebrate the commitment of our supply chain and the value they bring on a daily basis.”