25 Nov 14

Dungeness B awards Apprentice of the Year

Each of the 74 final-year engineering apprentices, along with five business apprentices from Barnwood, received certificates from Stuart Crooks, EDF Energy’s Managing Director of Generation. Stuart told the audience, which consisted of parents, friends and colleagues, that he had joined the company as a graduate apprentice in 1985.

Each site also awarded an apprentice of the year trophy, with Andrew Deer winning the Dungeness B accolade.

Andrew, of Hartley, near Dartford, said: “It was a real shock to win the award, but I was very pleased to get it.

“I would encourage young people living in Kent to think about a career with EDF Energy as I have really enjoyed my time on the scheme here at Dungeness B.”

David Akers, EDF Energy’s Human Resources Director, said: "Getting young people, especially young females, interested in science and engineering careers is very important to us as it provides our future workforce.

“That is why we are keen supporters of STEM subjects in schools around our sites, and invite local schools and colleges in to find out more about nuclear power and an engineering career with EDF Energy.

“The graduation ceremony is the end of four years’ hard work and all those who have completed the scheme have been offered jobs with EDF Energy.

“Next year we are extending the scheme to our coal and gas plants in Nottinghamshire, when we will be taking on 10 apprentices.”

The apprentice scheme starts with two years at the world-renowned training base at HMS Sultan near Portsmouth. The apprentices spend the final two years at their home bases where they get valuable on the job training.

David said: “Our apprentice programme produces a team of highly motivated people for our business, they learn the skills to take us forward and play a hugely important part in helping us continue to deliver safe, reliable electricity.

“As we remind our apprentices, the majority of today’s executive team started their working lives as apprentices so the sky really is the limit.”

The scheme is open to anyone from year 11 upwards, with the minimum entry of five GCSEs at grade C and above with maths, English and two science subjects mandatory.

Further information and application forms can be found at www.edfenergy.com/careers.