19 Jan 16

Dungeness B encourages Kent pupils to apply for apprenticeships

OVER 40 PUPILS from Kent schools were given an insight into working life at Dungeness B power station in two days aimed at encouraging youngsters to join the site’s apprentice programme.

Students from Folkestone Academy, Rye College, The Towers School and John Wallis Academy in Ashford met apprentice co-ordinator Vicky Brown and some of those completing their training programme at the power station.

They also toured the site and took part in an activity where they had to create a product, produce it in short time scales and sell their idea to a panel of EDF Energy employees.  

Vicky said: “The timing was perfect in that the application process is open for the 2016 intake.”

The deadline for this year’s programme is January 24, with all applications made through the EDF Energy website.

Dungeness B power station is looking for six individuals age 16 or over to join the scheme, which starts in September. The site already has 24 apprentices on the four-year programme.

The first two years of the training programme is at HMS Sultan, near Portsmouth, with the other 50 apprentices from EDF Energy’s other generation sites.

Vicky said: “The scheme gives our apprentices an excellent start to their engineering career. Many from the scheme are now leading teams here at Dungeness B and heading towards senior roles on site.

“We get a real cross section of applications from those who have technical skills and might be interested in a hands-on practical career within engineering, to those who may eventually want to become senior managers.

“It is important that we do get a cross section of people on our apprentice schemes, as that can only benefit the station in the long term.”

For more information contact:

Juliette Sanders
External Communications Manager - Generation
07875 112599

Notes to editors

Applications for the apprentice programme can be made through the EDF Energy careers website.

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.