Doncaster apprentice achieves Drax award win

AN ENGINEERING apprentice from Doncaster has won a top prize at Drax Power Station’s annual awards event in recognition of his achievements over the past year.

Lewis Marran, aged 21 from Doncaster, was named Maintenance Apprentice of the Year (year 1) and was commended by the judges for his excellent attitude and keen desire to learn. His award win comes after he was named the Business Apprentice of the Year in 2017.

Having completed an 18-month apprenticeship in procurement at Drax, Lewis decided to move to his current role as a technical apprentice. Growing up in an engineering family, he decided to follow in the footsteps of his older brother who works as a craftsman at Drax.

Lewis, currently in his second year, said: “Getting this award so early in my apprenticeship feels great. Working for a company with such ambitious plans and knowing that I’m a part of those plans – as well as working with such a great team is really exciting. I’m looking forward to what the rest of my apprenticeship and time at Drax holds.”

Mike Maudsley, Drax’s UK Portfolio Generation Director, said of the apprentice awards: “Inspiring young people and supporting them in their early careers is essential for our business’ future. Each new cohort of apprentices brings enthusiasm and fresh ideas and we want to make sure we’re championing them.

“These awards come straight after Drax doubled the number of apprentices it hired in the space of just two years, reflecting our continued commitment to increasing education and skills across our region.”

The awards were presented by BBC Look North’s Harry Gration with 34 existing and 5 graduating apprentices attending the event along with their mentors and managers.

This year’s winners were:

  • Maintenance Apprentice of the Year 2019 Year 1 – Lewis Marran from Doncaster
  • Maintenance Apprentice of the Year 2019 Year 2 – Max Shaw from Gateforth
  • Maintenance Apprentice of the Year 2019 Year 4 – Josh O’Rourke from Goole
  • Business Apprentice of the Year 2019 and winner of the Paul Chambers Outstanding Achievement Award – Thomas Hughes from Goole
  • Uniper Engineering Academy Apprentice of the Year 2019 – Kai Lewis from Selby

Drax’s technical apprenticeship scheme helps new recruits gain skills and expertise by working alongside engineers who have helped transform the business into the largest decarbonisation project in Europe.

The Drax Technical Apprenticeship Training Scheme is a four-year programme specialising in three engineering disciplines: Mechanical, Electrical and Control & Instrumentation engineering. Drax’s System Security Apprenticeship is a three-year, Level 3 Fire Emergency and Security Systems Apprenticeship, in conjunction with Lincoln College.