26 May 15

Dungeness B employees celebrate differences

TWO young employees from Dungeness B are encouraging staff to celebrate the diversity within the power station.

Rebeka Gotterson, who is on the EDF Energy graduate scheme and Tolu Adeshina, on an industrial placement taking a year out from University, organised events at the site as part of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Week, an EDF Energy-wide initiative.

Tolu, 21, who lives in Lydd-on-Sea, said: “There is a lot of support offered at EDF Energy and the networks provide a way for all employees to be a part of improving our inclusion ambition. We wanted to organise D&I week at Dungeness B for people to find out what is available and how they can get involved.”

Representatives from the company’s different networks* and central D&I team were on hand to answer questions about the importance of diversity and inclusion, what the networks offer and the girls created a pledge wall for staff to make a promise as to how they are going to ensure they are inclusive at work.

Rebeka, 23, from Sedlescombe, said: “I think it’s been a really successful week. People have positively engaged with the sessions and signed up to support the networks, but more importantly we’ve got people thinking and talking about diversity and inclusion and how that might affect their work life.”

Martin Pearson, station director, said: “It’s so important to have a diverse workforce and a culture where employees feel respected and valued and able to be themselves at work. Rebeka and Tolu have done a great job. They have got people on site talking about the importance of diversity and that’s something to be proud of.”

EDF Energy believes that a diverse and inclusive workforce is critical to the performance of the business. In 2012 the company was awarded a Diversity Works for London Gold Standard accreditation and is working towards a National Equality Standard. 

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Juliette Sanders
Media Officer (South East)
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Notes to editors

*EDF Energy has six networks available for support and advice. They seek to promote Diversity and Inclusion and are not exclusive, for example, men are able to join the women’s network.

·         Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)

·         Women’s network

·         Disability and Carer’s network

·         LGBT supporters’ network

·         Working parents’ network

·         Forces support network

For more information visit: http://www.edfenergy.com/diversity

EDF Energy in the South East

In the South East EDF Energy operates Dungeness B power station which employs over 500 staff and 200 contracting partners.

EDF Energy employs a further 2,500 staff in East and West Sussex with approximately 800 across sites in Crawley, Three Bridges, and East Grinstead and 1,700 across two of our three UK based call centres in Hove and Worthing..

As well as generating enough power to serve some 1.5million homes in this region the company also provides gas and electricity to 730,000 customers with over 20% of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation.

We 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 companies in the UK, including sites for Tesco Stores Limited, Ministry of Defence and Morrisons right here in the South East.

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.