Cammell Laird engineer receives European Nuclear Society award
A senior engineer working in Cammell Laird’s energy division has received an international award from the European Nuclear Society (ENS) for outstanding service to young professionals.
John Eldridge, a principal engineer at Merseyside based Cammell Laird, has been awarded the Jan Runermark Award. The accolade is presented each year in memory of the founding father of the Swedish Young Generation Network (YGN) and promoter of the ENS Young Generation movement.
“It is an honour to be recognised by the ENS for my work with graduates and young people,” said John. “I have always felt compelled to contribute to the development of the next generation of engineers and scientists through skill development and knowledge transfer. I was fortunate to receive superb training and career guidance from my mentors and I look to share my knowledge in a variety of ways through presentations, lectures and on the job training.”
Mr Eldridge has specialised in helping young professionals manage the transition from education to the workplace and has supported many people who now hold senior positions in industry. He works on Cammell Laird’s apprenticeship programme, which employs around 20 new apprentices each year. Cammell Laird has more than 60 young people in active training with another 220 now employed in full-time positions within the company since 2008.
Mr Eldridge joined Cammell Laird in 2014 from Sellafield Ltd which operates the nuclear reprocessing plant in West Cumbria. He is regarded as one of the most experienced figures in the UK nuclear industry having worked for more than 40 years in the design, construction, commissioning and operation of nuclear facilities. The ENS award follows Mr Eldridge being made an Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Liverpool School of Engineering further signaling his impact on aspiring engineers.
Mr Eldridge’s arrival at Cammell Laird coincided with a £1.5million investment to provide a world-class facility at the site to test and assemble modules and rigs. Cammell Laird continues to position itself as one of the prime locations in Britain for the manufacture of large complex modules for the energy sector including the multi-billion-pound new build nuclear and decommissioning programmes.
“From early on Cammell Laird grasped the urgent need to train and provide experience for the young engineers who will drive these huge programmes forward,” said John. “This was a motivating factor to join the company. Since I arrived we have provided secondment opportunities for several graduate engineers to work on eight-month placements here. We are also working with Liverpool and John Moores Universities and other local organisations to help develop the skills required to serve the demands of the energy sector over the next 30 years.”
Mr Eldridge is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and is involved in the development of the IMechE professional membership programme. He is also lead design judge in the annual Formula Student competition – an interest that extends into involvement in UK motor sports.
About Cammell Laird
Cammell Laird is one of the most famous names in British industry. The business is located in Birkenhead, Wirral in the port of Liverpool City Region. Positioned on the West Coast of England it is in the centre of a marine cluster, with direct access to many support services. It has a 120 acre site with four dry docks, a large modular construction hall and extensive covered workshops. Cammell Laird specialises in military ship refit, commercial ship repair, upgrade and conversion and heavy fabrication and engineering. It deals with a wide variety of projects ranging from specialist offshore conversions and fabrication, commercial ship-repair through to the refit and upgrade of highly complex naval auxiliaries. It has also recently re-entered the ship-building market delivering major units for the UK’s new aircraft carriers and currently the construction of the UK’s new state of art polar research and supply vessel the RRS Sir David Attenborough. Cammell Laird is further active in the energy sector. It has become a hub of the offshore wind industry and it is offering its facilities and highly trained workforce of engineers for work in the civil nuclear sector and the offshore oil and gas industry.
Jan Runermark Award
The Jan Runermark Award was created at the ENS Steering Committee meeting in Dresden on 24 November 1995, in memory of Jan Runermark, the initiator and founding father of the Swedish Young Generation Network and promoter of the ENS Young Generation movement. Jan Runermark, at the time President of ABB Atom and President-Elect of the European Nuclear Society, died in a tragic car accident on 25 July 1995. ENS YGN honors Jan Runermark annually by handing out Jan Runermark Award to a senior professional that have demonstrated through his/her action during their carrier that has given outstanding service, to the benefit of the young generation and young professionals and has done so in compliance with the goals defined in the YGN Terms of Reference.