28 Nov 12

Dungeness B apprentice open day proves a success with youngsters

Dungeness B power station’s apprentice open day proved popular with youngsters who visited the site at the weekend.

Despite the poor weather over eighty young people, some accompanied by their parents, came to the power station to learn more about a career with EDF Energy at Dungeness B.

Denika Walsh, an award winning apprentice technician at Dungeness B, who is in the fourth year of her apprenticeship, was one of the apprentices who chatted to visitors about her experiences and answered questions about the course.

In 2010 Denika picked up the honour of being named ‘Academic Apprentice of the Year’ at a highly regarded national training school at HMS Sultan, where EDF Energy’s nuclear apprentices and other industry trainees are put through their paces.

EDF Energy’s apprentices spend two years at HMS Sultan where they live on the Navy base and learn the ropes to become tomorrow’s technicians and engineers at nuclear power stations across the UK.

Jim French, Apprentice Coordinator at the power station, amazed the potential new recruits with a tour of the power station control room simulator – a replica of the nuclear power station control room. The youngsters were also shown a video of life away from home and what training they could expect from an apprenticeship with the company.

Speaking about the event Jim French said: “We were really pleased to meet so many youngsters from the area who are so keen to start a career with EDF Energy. Many of our station directors started life as apprentices so the message we gave at the event is that the sky really is the limit once you start the course.”

One visitor, Ryan Heather from New Romney, said: “It was very interesting and informative. I learnt a lot about what an apprenticeship with EDF Energy involves and it was good to know what living away from home for two years would be like. I will definitely be applying.”

Tom Thornton from Maidstone added: “The Information Day was very good and explained what the apprenticeship is all about. It was very helpful and there was time to ask questions. It was good talking to the apprentices.”

About the EDF Energy Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship scheme

EDF Energy’s Engineering Maintenance apprenticeship scheme is a four year programme which not only focuses on the skills required to maintain nuclear power stations, but also the attitudes and behaviours that are essential for the safe operation of the company’s plants. Upon completion of the scheme trainees will be awarded an Advanced Modern Apprenticeship Certificate in Engineering, and will also have attained a BTEC and an NVQ Level 3, with the option to progress onto HNC.

The Engineering Maintenance Apprentice Programme runs for four years, the first two years of which are based at the Royal Naval base at HMS Sultan near Portsmouth, Hampshire. During this time trainees will undergo training in an academic and workshop environment to ensure they gain an excellent introduction to engineering and initial skills development. Part of this programme also covers the development of life skills and confidence and communication.

Apply as soon as possible before Wednesday 16th January 2013.