Dungeness B new apprentices learn the ropes
The seven new recruits from schools in New Romney, Crawley, Folkestone, Ashford, Lydd and Tenterdon joined the company’s 59 apprentices who are linked to EDF Energy’s nuclear sites.
The Lakes’ week was the culmination of a gruelling recruitment process which started last autumn when hundreds of applications came in for the positions at Dungeness B, after tests and interviews the apprentices were finally chosen to join the maintenance team.
Station Director, Martin Pearson, said: “As usual, we had a great deal of interest in our apprenticeship scheme as we have built up a strong reputation for providing high quality training and employment opportunities."
After the successful seven were chosen the apprentices and their families were taken to see HMS Sultan – the Portsmouth-based training facility where the apprentices will spend their first two years.
Away from the classroom the apprentices will enjoy excellent sports and leisure facilities under the watchful eye of the centre’s own team. EDF Energy’s apprentices also undertake an extensive life skills package along with some cultural visits to European cities.
Martin Pearson continued: “Many of our apprentices come from local schools and it’s important for us to ensure the parents are comfortable with the set up at HMS Sultan and so we take them to see the site first hand.
“The life skills part of the scheme is very important to us and after the initial two years away we end up with some very mature and capable individuals. As a kick start to the apprenticeship we take all of the first year apprentices to the Lake District for a team building week and this works well as the group will be spending the next two years learning together. After two years, the apprentices return to Dungeness B to complete their apprenticeship on site.”
Applications for the EDF Energy apprentice programme will open in October and be available through the EDF Energy careers website at www.edfenergy.com/careers/
Dungeness B Apprentices 2013
From Top Left
Grant Pickup (19) from New Romney
Nathan Croke (19) from Crawley
George House (18) from Folkestone
James Palmer (18) from Ashford
From bottom left
Harry Hughson (19) from Lydd
Rylan House (18) from Ashford
Lewis Saunders (16) from Tenterden