One of the youngest apprentices ever recruited at Dounreay is promising to become one of its brightest sparks.
Greg Shearer completed his electrical apprenticeship five months early and is now studying for a degree in electrical engineering at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.
His transformation from “wee shy boy” to aspiring graduate has earned him national recognition.
The 20-year-old from Wick has been short-listed for the title of Scotland’s nuclear apprentice of the year 2010.
Greg, who left Wick High School six months before his 16th birthday, started a four-year electrical apprenticeship at Dounreay in 2005.
He signed up for extra evening classes at North Highland College and earned his HND three years later.
It helped him complete the apprenticeship five months ahead of schedule.
Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd quickly offered him a post as a qualified craftsman in its electrical decommissioning maintenance team.
Now he’s aiming to become a chartered electrical engineer. He’s started a degree course at RGU in Aberdeen with support from his employer and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
And his career could get another boost on February 11 when judges announce the winner of this year’s Scottish nuclear apprentice of the year award, sponsored by URS.
Greg and his family will be among those attending the glittering awards ceremony in Manchester hosted by National Skills Academy Nuclear.
“Greg was a wee, shy boy who’s matured into an exceptional young man with the potential to achieve great things,” said Jim Swan, apprentice training manager at DSRL.
All three nominees on the short-list for the award are from Caithness. Also in the running are Malcolm Morrison, now an electrical technician with Johnson Controls, and Nathan Mackay, who’s been taken on by Rolls Royce as a qualified instrument mechanic.