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And among the small team showing him around was Phil Blow, a principal consultant at Amec Foster Wheeler, who is embedded within the MOD's Trident Successor team, spending most of his time at BAE Systems in Barrow.Sir Bernard (pictured on the left below, shaking Phil's hand) visited the shipyard to offi cially open the new facility that houses the mock-up. The event marked yet another milestone towards that day in 2028 when the fi rst of the new submarines is expected to begin carrying the UK's nuclear deterrent."It was the fi rst time he had seen the mock-up and we also gave him an update on progress with the Trident Successor propulsion plant design," said Phil, who serves as the MOD's propulsion plant integration manager.As well as ensuring the smooth integration of the propulsion plant with the rest of the submarine, his responsibilities include making sure the work is done on cost and to schedule. "My support to the MOD has demonstrated what Amec Foster Wheeler has to off er, working at the heart of one of their fl agship programmes, and has also brought detailed knowledge of submarine design back into the company," said Phil. "The role gives me the immense professional and personal satisfaction of knowing that I am making a positive contribution to the design of the UK's future nuclear deterrent whilst also getting value for the British taxpayer."It also enables Phil to continue a long association with the Royal Navy – he spent more than 25 years as a nuclear submarine engineer before joining Amec Foster Wheeler.Fortunately, a friend of the family recommended that he apply to Amec Foster Wheeler. Now Ian, 20, from Appleton in Warrington, is due to complete his four-year HNC course in 2017, after which he plans to embark on a degree sponsored by our Clean Energy business."My apprenticeship is in design and draughting," he explains. "Doing the job at the same time makes college work much more relevant and you understand it a lot better."Ian, who did maths, physics and chemistry at A level, joined the company aged 18 in preference to going to university.He added: "I've spoken to apprentices at other companies who feel as though they have just been brought in as cheap labour. It's not like that for us at all. We're given tasks that will improve us. We're treated well and we're expected to do well."Clean Energy employs 63 apprentices and places on the scheme are much sought-after. More than 300 applied for seven posts in this September's intake at Birchwood. Mike Wood, electromechanical engineer, says of the selection process: "We're looking for people who can absorb knowledge. It also helps if they like making model aeroplanes or fi xing bikes or cars."Sir Bernard Gray, the UK's Chief of Defence Materiel, recently got his fi rst glimpse of a mock-up of the reactor compartment for the Royal Navy's Successor submarines.When Ian Webster asked a careers offi cer about mechanical engineering apprenticeships, he was told: "They don't do them anymore."Embedded with the Trident Successor programme19Quality start for apprentices

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