17 Nov 17

EDF Energy sees more women apprentices graduate from apprentice training programme

EDF Energy is welcoming more and more women into its apprentice scheme, the company’s new CEO Simone Rossi told an audience of graduating apprentices and their families.

The company’s push for more women engineers to join its apprentice and graduate schemes is paying off thanks to such innovative campaigns as ‘Pretty Curious’,
encouraging girls to think about where a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) could take them and which has recently partnered with Star Wars: The Last Jedi to help girls  look at science in a new light.

Simone was attending the EDF Energy apprentice graduation ceremony for the first time and before the formal awards met with the former apprentices and their families. 

He said:  “It is very pleasing to me that we have attracted an increasing number of young women into the Generation apprenticeship scheme.  This year around 35 per cent of our intake is female – far above the average for STEM apprenticeships.

“This is something that is very important to us, not just because we are firm believers in the power of having a diverse and inclusive workforce, but also because we know that there are many, many highly capable young women who for whatever reason are being deterred from considering a career in engineering and science.

“We are trying to play our part in helping to make these careers more attractive and I am very pleased that our ‘Pretty Curious’ campaign has launched an exciting partnership with
Star Wars: The Last Jedi , film that features two inspirational lead characters, Rey and Rose, in STEM related roles.

“This partnership will help us to reach out still further to talented people – boys and girls - who maybe had not previously seen themselves working in an industry like ours.” 
Each of EDF Energy’s 59 graduating apprentices, from engineering, supply chain, smart metering and business, received certificates from Simone who also awarded the coveted ‘apprentice of the year trophy’, this year it went to Georgina Hines from Heysham 1 power station near Lancaster.

As well as performing well on the apprentice programme, Georgina has been recognised by Heysham 1’s management team for making a significant difference to the site through numerous plant improvement projects as well as promoting ‘women into engineering’ at careers fairs.

The Community Engagement Award went to  Rachel Wills, of  Sizewell B, for her STEM ambassador role and Rachel Pellegrinni, Hunterston B won the ‘Going the Extra Mile’ trophy as an active fundraiser for the company charity of the year – Breast Cancer Now.

Janet Hogben, EDF Energy’s chief people officer, also addressed the event. She said: “Since we started our maintenance apprenticeship scheme in 2008 close to 600 people have passed through the scheme, the overwhelming majority are still with us – in fact less than five per cent of apprentices have moved on. 

“We will never take that loyalty for granted, we will always work as hard as we can to help you be successful.”

In November, EDF Energy’s sites launched the search for their 2018 apprentices. The training scheme starts with two years at the world-renowned training base at HMS Sultan near Portsmouth. The apprentices spend the final two years at their home bases where they get on-the-job training.

The scheme is open to anyone from year 11 upwards, the minimum entry is five GCSEs at Grade C or above (or Grade 4 and above in the new GCSE grading structure), National 5 or equivalent, including Maths, English and 2 of either Science, Technical or Engineering subjects.

Further information and application forms can be found at: 

Read more about Georgina's journey here: www.edfenergy.com/careers/early-careers/apprenticeships

For more information contact:

Laurence Ollier
External Communications Manager - Generation (South East)
0781 3232 765

Martyn Butlin
External Communications Manager - Generation
01524 863 565
07768 577822

Sue Fletcher
Senior External Communications Manager - Generation
01452 653267
07736 727964

EDF Energy

EDF Energy is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers and businesses with electricity and gas.

It generates electricity with eight nuclear power stations, more than 30 wind farms, one gas and two coal power stations, as well as with combined heat and power plants.

EDF Energy is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C. This will provide low carbon electricity to meet 7% of UK demand. The project is already making a positive impact on the local and national economy, British industry, as well as boosting skills and education. EDF Energy also invests in a range of low carbon technologies including renewables and battery storage. It is applying research and development expertise to improve the performance of existing generation and developing the potential of new technologies.

The company provides gas and electricity for more than 5 million customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain and the largest supplier to British businesses. It offers innovative energy systems for commercial customers and digital innovation for customers at home. EDF Energy has also launched its own innovation accelerator, Blue Lab, which focuses on making customers’ lives easier.

The Better Plan is EDF Energy's framework for being a sustainable and responsible energy business and is an integral part of EDF's 2030 vision to be the efficient, responsible electricity company, and champion of low-carbon growth. The Better Plan is underpinned by comprehensive environmental and social programmes which have been recognised by a wide range of organisations.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK, the company employs around 13,000 people at locations across England and Scotland.

To find out more about the UK's energy challenges visit: www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture/