8 Feb 13

Apprentices tackle WW2 sub

EDF Energy apprentices undergoing traininig on WW2 submarine HMS Alliance

Young EDF Energy apprentices were transported back 70 years when their newly acquired engineering skills were put to the test on a Second World War submarine.

Around 65 apprentice who are training at HMS Sultan spent time on the HMS Alliance, which is sited at the Submarine Museum, Gosport, Hants producing maintenance schedules and instructions and also health and safety regimes within the submarine.

The group then presented their findings to managers from their base locations and also took them on guided tours of the Alliance.

Ian Williams, EDF Energy’s fleet apprentice manager based at HMS Sultan, said: “The time spent working at the submarine museum gives our apprentices a chance to expand their horizons,

“They get to interview ex-submariners, examine an historic submarine and also experience the conditions the submariners would have to work and live in.

“This time with the Alliance can only help them get a broader understanding of engineering as well as health and safety challenges they had many years ago and what different approaches have to be made in modern day.”

The EDF Energy apprentices drawn from across the company’s sites spend the first two years of a four-year programme at HMS Sultan, Gosport, Hants.

Ian added: “The training they get here is second to none and I know the stations are delighted with the quality of their apprentices when they return to site for the final two years of training.”