11 Nov 13

Apprentice recruitment begins at Dungeness B

The apprenticeship scheme will see youngsters taken on at each of EDF Energy sites across the UK.

In all about 70 apprentices, with around six from Dungeness B, will join the four-year scheme which, for the first two years, takes place at HMS Sultan - a world-class training centre in Portsmouth. The apprentices return for on-site training for the final two years and leave with an Advanced Modern Apprenticeship Certificate in Engineering, a BTEC and an NVQ Level 3, with the option to progress onto HNC.

Jim French, Dungeness B apprentice co-ordinator, said: “The apprentices finish after four years with excellent training and qualifications which prepare them for a future career in an exciting industry.

“We’re encouraging young people to think about the different options open to them when they leave school. University isn’t for everyone and we want people to understand that apprenticeships offer a brilliant opportunity to kick-start a successful career. We go into schools and talk to the pupils so that they understand a little more about the scheme especially as the first two years are away from home.

“We’re also holding an open day on Saturday 7 December which gives students and their parents an opportunity to find out more and speak to ex and current apprentices.”

In 2013 the site received hundreds of applications for the scheme and after tests and interview, seven were selected.

Martin Pearson, station director at Dungeness B, said: “We draw all our apprentices from the area local to the station.

“The quality of applications is always very high and so that means the quality of our apprentices will also be very high. As always we are looking for applications from a diverse range of people.”

Away from the classroom the apprentices will enjoy excellent sports and leisure facilities under the watchful eye of the centre’s own team.

EDF Energy’s apprentices also undertake an extensive life skills package which includes the Duke of Edinburgh award along with some cultural visits to European cities.

Martin added: “The life skills part of the scheme is very important to us and after that initial two years away we end up with some very mature individuals.

“As we remind our apprentices as they start off, the majority of today’s executive team in the nuclear business started their working lives as apprentices.”

Further information and application forms can be found at www.edfenergy.com/careers

For more information about the apprentice information day on Saturday 7 December, please contact the Dungeness B visitor centre on 01797 343728.