Bright sparks start Torness apprenticeships
Torness power station’s latest recruits have joined the company to start their apprenticeship in the nuclear industry as the search starts for next year's intake.
The six new recruits for the East Lothian station, Connol McNeill (18) from Eyemouth, Lisa Hilferty (22) from Thurston, Callum Souter (19) from Edinburgh, Murray Gilvray (17) from North Berwick, Paige Gould (19) from Dalkeith and Thomas Summerfield (17) from Cardenden in Fife were appointed after an exhaustive recruitment process.
The group started their careers with EDF Energy with a team-building week in the Lake District where they met other apprentices from power stations across the UK. The apprentices took part in a series of challenges which culminated in climbing Helvellyn.
Station Director, Paul Winkle, said: “The group came to visit the station before their trip to Ullswater. It was a pleasure to welcome them to site and they showed a great deal of enthusiasm for the learning they are about to undertake. I wish them well as they start their new engineering careers.”
With the outward bound course complete, the apprentices are now studying at HMS Sultan in Portsmouth where they will spend the next two years. The apprentices will learn basic engineering skills in their first year, before specialising into their trade in the second year.
Apprentice Coordinator, Gillian Farquhar, said: “The apprentices have started their training just as recruitment for next year’s intake begins. Applications open on 1 November and we always get a great response from the local area. We hope anyone who is interested will get in touch and book a place on one of our information days to find out more.”
The station is holding information sessions on 11th November and 10th December. Places are limited and can be booked by emailing Gillian.Farquhar@edf-energy.com. There is also more information available on EDF Energy careers website: www.edfenergy.com/careers
The apprentice recruitment also supports EDF Energy’s national campaign #PrettyCurious to change teenage girls’ perceptions of science and inspire them to pursue science-based careers.
For more information contact:Fiona McCall
External Communications Manager (Scotland)
EDF Energy in Scotland
In Scotland EDF Energy operates Hunterston B in North Ayrshire and Torness in East Lothian which employ over 1,000 staff and around 500 contracting partners across the two power stations. EDF Energy employs a further 200 office based staff in East Kilbride. As well as generating enough power to serve some 4 million homes the company also provides gas and electricity to over 80,000 Scottish customers with around half of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation. We operate two windfarms in the Scottish Borders and make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power up some of the largest organisations in the UK, including supplying almost all public sector bodies in Scotland with after being awarded Scotland’s largest electricity supply contract by annual volume from April 2013. Following a landmark agreement with Network Rail the company also provides nuclear-backed Blue energy to power up the UKs electric rail network, covering most of the south east of England and the main lines from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Merseyrail network around Liverpool and the Glasgow suburban network.