24 Nov 14

Apprentice of the year named at Hunterston B power station

Hunterston B power station has named its Apprentice of the Year as 22 year old Daniel Mosson from Prestwick. Daniel completed his training earlier this year and is now a full time maintenance technician.

The award was given at a ceremony run by EDF Energy at Coventry’s Motorcycle Museum – just as the search for the 2015 intake of apprentices gets underway.

Daniel was nominated for his technical ability, for helping others, going the extra mile and being a good role model.

Hunterston B Station Director Colin Weir said, “Daniel really deserves this award for all the hard work during his four year apprenticeship here. I am very proud of him and all the other apprentices who have now gone into full time employment here at the station.”

Daniel said, “I'm really pleased to have picked up this award and have thoroughly enjoyed my four years of training with EDF Energy. The apprenticeship has set me on a career path for life and I’ve met a great bunch of people along the way. I’m enjoying my new job as every day is different and very interesting.”

All of the 74 final-year engineering apprentices, along with five business apprentices from the company’s Barnwood office, received certificates at the ceremony from Stuart Crooks, EDF Energy’s Managing Director of Generation.

Stuart told the audience, which consisted of parents, friends and colleagues, that he had joined the company as a graduate apprentice in 1985.

He said that the number of female apprentices was increasing. In 2014 20% of the intake was female, but EDF Energy wants to increase that figure.

David Akers, EDF Energy’s Human Resources Director, said: "Getting young people, especially young women, interested in science and engineering careers is very important to us as it provides our future workforce.

“The graduation ceremony is the end of four years’ hard work and all those who have completed the scheme have been offered jobs with EDF Energy.”

The apprentice scheme starts with two years at the world-renowned training base at HMS Sultan near Portsmouth. The apprentices spend the final two years at their home bases where they get valuable on the job training.

David said: “Our apprentice programme produces a team of highly motivated people for our business, they learn the skills to take us forward and play a hugely important part in helping us continue to deliver safe, reliable electricity.

“As we remind our apprentices, the majority of today’s executive team started their working lives as apprentices so the sky really is the limit.”

Hunterston B nuclear power station is holding a further two apprentice open days for those interested in finding out more about the role. These will take place on Saturday 29 November 2014 and Sunday 30 November 2014 at 10 am, 12 noon and 2pm in the visitor centre.

If you would like to come along or find out more, please call 01294 826 000.

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