20 Nov 15

Dungeness B works with local charity to promote job opportunities

Dungeness B is working with a local educational charity to inform young people about job opportunities at the power station.

The Romney Resource Centre (RRC) works with people of all ages to help them gain recognised qualifications that will lead to employment. The centre also partners with organisations and agencies to provide careers advice and place people in jobs.

Employing 550 permanent staff Dungeness B is the biggest business in the area, and with over 200 contracting jobs there are plenty of opportunities from engineers to cleaners.

Nine RRC students (aged 15 – 17) who are working towards Maths, English and employability qualifications as part of a study programme, visited the power station to discover the range of jobs at the EDF Energy owned site.

John, 16, from New Romney, said: “I had no idea that there would be jobs suitable for me here. I thought you had to be a nuclear engineer to work in the power station but now I think if I can get my GCSEs I will definitely apply for something, maybe even the apprentice scheme.”

Victoria Brown, Dungeness B’s apprentice coordinator said: “People who leave school with no qualifications shouldn’t be denied job opportunities if they are willing to work hard to gain them at a later stage. There are great career opportunities here including apprenticeships which can teach young people valuable, sought-after engineering skills.”

Lucinda Thorne, Youth Placement Co-ordinator at RRC said: “Romney Resource Centre helps to give people that first step into employment and partnering with big businesses like EDF Energy helps immensely with that. Many of the people that use RRC will know people in the local area working at the power station so it’s been really valuable for this group to come and hear first-hand about the range of jobs available.” 

For more information contact:

Juliette Sanders
External Communications Manager - Generation
07875 112599

Notes to editors

 EDF Energy Apprentice Scheme

The EDF Energy engineering maintenance apprentice scheme is now open for applications. It’s a four year scheme that enables people to gain nationally recognised engineering qualifications whilst getting paid. Applicants must have at least five GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or above in Maths, English and double Science.

More information can be found at edfenergy.com/apprentices

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.