Sam Jones, Team Manager
“Since finishing my apprenticeship in September 2013, I’ve worked as a mechanical technician at Hartlepool Power Station. Currently I’m in the reactor group where I work on the gas circulators in the maintenance facility – as well as maintaining the fire system, carbon dioxide plant and other areas within the radiologically controlled area.”
Contributing to a crucial project
“While still an apprentice, I worked as part of a group to repair an R2 reactor gas pre-cooler. I helped the engineers return the plant to service in a safe, efficient condition. I was also involved in the preparation phase before the job started – which was important to ensure the project ran as smoothly as possible.”
Positive knock-on effects
“We were also able to take steps to stop any problems happening again and then share the findings across all our sites so the other sites could improve their systems and make alterations if necessary.”
“Working collaboratively like this increases plant efficiency and makes our systems even safer. It was great to be involved in such an important project, especially as it gave me experience of a system I’d not worked on before. After the repair I felt all our efforts had been worthwhile – and it was particularly good to know the plant was going to be returned to service in a safer state.”
- Sam Jones, Team Manager
EDF Energy is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity. We produce about a fifth of all the country’s electricity – and alongside wind, coal, gas, and combined heat and power, our nuclear fleet supplies a significant portion of that power. We own and operate 15 nuclear plants at eight nuclear
power stations in the UK. Every year, to support our nuclear fleet, we hire approximately 50 graduates through nine different science and engineering schemes.
“The EDF Energy graduate scheme has offered me and others a chance to experience the company’s activities and the many roles it has to offer.
“My current role as a nuclear graduate plays a direct part in ensuring that we continue to operate our nuclear power stations with the highest levels of responsibility and nuclear safety.
“I enjoy the fact that I am able to use the skills I have learned at university to make a valuable contribution to the business.”
- Anik Abdullah, Nuclear Graduate
Our six Better Energy Ambitions set out our short, medium and long-term goals and targets for improving our social, economic and environmental performance.