8 Mar 13

Dungeness B apprentices tackle WW2 submarine

Dungeness B apprentices with staff from the power station pictured by the WW2 submarine

As National Apprenticeship Week is set to launch (11 – 15 March) young EDF Energy apprentices from Dungeness B power station 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 from across the EDF Energy fleet of nuclear power stations who are training at HMS Sultan spent time on the HMS Alliance, looking at maintenance schedules and also health and safety regimes within the submarine.

The group then presented their findings to managers from their home sites and also too them on guided tours of the Alliance.

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

“They get to 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.”

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

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.”

During National Apprenticeship Week (11 – 15 March) Dungeness B will have a stand at the Kent choices 4U Live event at the Kent Showground in Detling on 13 and 14 March.