4 Apr 13

EDF Energy apprentices awarded top accolades at UK Nuclear Skills awards

Pictured above left to right: Marc Cotelli from award sponsor EDF Energy, Jim Whannel from EDF Energy, Wayne Jackson from Babcock International, Paul Donohoe and Ben Fogle

FIVE years into their EDF Energy careers Hunterston’s Paul Donohoe and Heysham 1’s Damien Murphy have scooped top accolades at the COGENT’s UK Nuclear Skills awards.

Paul was crowned Scottish Apprentice of the Year, and Damien North West Apprentice of the Year.

After winning their own categories Paul and Damien were put through to the national finals and only narrowly missed out on the UK award.

Neither knew of their success until the announcements were made at the prestigious dinner held in Manchester.

Paul is a maintain technician within Hunterston’s systems health group and Damien is a maintain technician within control and instrumentation at Heysham 1.

Paul said: “It really is a varied job which I enjoy. I did have the qualifications to go to university but made the right decision to join, what is, one of the best apprentice programmes around.”

Both were the first EDF Energy apprentices to join the scheme at HMS Sultan and they are full of praise for the training they received. Damien is now also an NVQ assessor for Heysham 1’s apprentices.

Damien too had the chance to go university, but opted for the apprentice route but is hoping to start a part time electrical engineering degree at Manchester University this autumn.