14 Oct 14

Dungeness B apprentice open day on October 28

The four-year advanced nuclear apprenticeship scheme run by EDF Energy is aimed at young people wishing to start a successful career in the nuclear industry. Dungeness B power station, which currently employs 25 apprentices, is holding an information day in October half term to give prospective applicants an insight into what to expect on the scheme.

The open day is on Tuesday 28 October from 9:00am to 4:00pm and will be held in the visitor centre on site at the power station.

From details of the first two years studying at HMS Sultan in Portsmouth, to the qualifications needed and how to apply to the scheme, the information day will answer the questions of anyone considering a career in engineering maintenance.

The scheme is accredited and upon completion apprentices are awarded an Advanced Modern Apprenticeship Certificate in Engineering, and will have also have attained a BTEC and an NVQ Level 3.

Martin Pearson, station director at Dungeness B, began his career as an apprentice.

He said: “We expect there to be a lot of interest in our apprentice programme so I would encourage anyone interested in applying to come to the open day to find out more and ask any questions they might have.

“In the current climate, an apprenticeship offers a real alternative to going to university. Our scheme is very highly regarded and the sky really is the limit for our apprentices.

“Several members of EDF Energy’s executive team started with the company in this way, so the message is this course could be the start of a truly amazing engineering career.”

During the event apprentices and ex-apprentices will be on hand to answer any questions. Visitors will be also be able to see some training areas which simulate real areas of the plant, such as the control room. Parents are extremely welcome and encouraged to find out more about where an apprenticeship can lead.

Dungeness B has 25 apprentices and employs 550 people on site. The two reactors are capable of producing enough power for over 1.5 million homes.

Martin added: “The information day will give us a chance to share our enthusiasm with those wishing to apply to join the apprenticeship scheme in 2015.

“While anyone who meets the criteria can apply, we are very keen to encourage females to consider a career in engineering at EDF Energy.”

Denika Walsh, 25, from Ashford, finished the four year scheme having been awarded Dungeness B Apprentice of the Year.

Denika, now an electrical maintenance technician, said: “I live in Ashford and I didn’t want to go to university, but still wanted to do something after college which would progress my career.

“I knew that Dungeness B offered apprenticeships so I applied online. After the first year of the apprentice scheme when I’d learnt a bit about all the different areas on offer, I chose electrical as I found it the most interesting.

“Whilst on the scheme I completed various engineering qualifications and now I’m an electrical maintenance technician. I’m really happy I chose to do an apprenticeship as the skills I’ve gained make me confident I’ll always have exciting, rewarding career options ahead of me.”

If you would like to come along to the information day, please call 01797 343436 or email dungenessbtours@edf-energy.com to reserve your place. Last year's open day proved to be very popular - more information here.