10 Feb 15

Apprentices step back in time

ENGINEERING challenges from the 1940s faced EDF Energy’s newest recruits who took over the maintenance of HMS Alliance, a Second World War submarine.

HMS Alliance is based at the Submarine Museum, Gosport, and every year EDF Energy’s apprentices spend time on the boat looking at how best to keep it maintained.

The EDF Energy apprentices spend two years at the Babcock Engineering Academy, within HMS Sultan, a Royal Navy military base also in Gosport, before returning to Heysham to complete their apprenticeship.

Ian Williams, EDF Energy’s apprentice manager based at HMS Sultan, said: “We have strong links with HMS Alliance stretching back many years.

“The apprentices spend time on the submarine and get a chance to use their newly-acquired skills, tracing systems and researching how they worked on this historic vessel, which includes interviewing ex sub-mariners.

“It is interesting for them to see how people lived in and looked after such a vessel 70 years ago in very cramped conditions in an era where environmental considerations were not perhaps not number one on their agenda.”

After spending time on HMS Alliance, drawing up maintenance schedules, procedures and risk assessments the group then presented their findings to members of the executive team along with managers from their base locations and also took them on guided tours of the submarine.

Bill Liu, training manager at Heysham power stations, said: “It is good to see how well the apprentices are doing at HMS Sultan, and to see their obvious enthusiasm at tackling the maintenance of a 70-year-old submarine.

“Our apprentices are given a great opportunity while at HMS Sultan and when they return to Heysham 1 and 2 power stations for the final two years of their training they are mature and responsible people ready to join our teams.”

The programme for apprentice recruitment starts each autumn with around 60 new recruits chosen from across the country.


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EDF Energy

EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to 6 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.

EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework.

These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.

Through Our Better Energy Ambitions, EDF Energy has developed one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company.

In 2014 EDF Energy received seven ‘Big Ticks’ in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards. In 2013 EDF Energy received the Environmental Leadership for Behavioural Change Award in the national Environment and Energy Awards and was highly commended in the first ever pan European Corporate Social Responsibility Awards scheme for its Sustainable Schools programme – the Pod.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 15,000 people at locations across the UK.

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