Cavendish Nuclear Engineering Apprentice thrives - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Bridgwater & Taunton College Advanced Apprentice, Tom Silverthorn has been nominated for an award by his employer, Cavendish Nuclear.

Tom’s employer mentor, Matt Hamer comments:

Tom has thrived whilst working on two different projects in contrasting environments this year. He has demonstrated his engineering design, problem solving and mathematical skills on a complex project, and has received great commendation from his line manager. He integrated himself seamlessly into the project engineering team, and has demonstrated awareness and analytical skills beyond those expected of a typical apprentice.

Tom decided to pursue an apprenticeship due to the opportunity to gain work-based experience while continuing further education. After finding Cavendish Nuclear’s apprenticeship vacancy through the government apprenticeship site, Tom has found the experience has given him endless opportunities to develop himself personally, his skill set in addition to him integrating into an interesting and technical workplace. Tom said:

Since the start of my apprenticeship my motivation levels have continually increased as I am given more responsibilities and more opportunities to develop myself. My ambitions have also risen as a result of being given the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor’s degree, which I would have otherwise not considered!

During his apprenticeship Tom has had the opportunity to develop a large array of different skills. These range from work-based skills such as CAD modelling, drafting of drawings and technical documentation and engineering analysis to developing hands-on ability through the courses offered at Bridgwater & Taunton College. Tom adds:

Development of these skills has allowed me to continue to pursue my motorsport interests outside of my apprenticeship and this has given me the confidence to undertake tasks such as the rebuilding of engines and gearboxes, which I would have otherwise not attempted had it not been for the apprenticeship.


To find out more about the apprenticeship opportunities offered through Bridgwater & Taunton College, visit our apprenticeships page.

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