EDF Energy welcomes new apprentices
EDF Energy’s new apprentices have started their careers at HMS Sultan – the Portsmouth based training centre.
The 50 apprentices were appointed during the summer and kicked off their new careers with EDF Energy with a team building week in the Lake District.
The Lakes’ week was the culmination of a gruelling recruitment process which started last autumn when hundreds of applications came in for the positions.
Nicola Spindloe, Hartlepool power station’s apprentice training co-ordinator, said: “We spend the autumn going into schools and colleges talking about the apprenticeship scheme and encouraging applications.
“Spending their first week in the Lakes is always good fun and allows them to form friendship bonds which will only develop while they are away in Portsmouth.”
After the apprentices were chosen earlier this year the youngsters and their families were taken to see HMS Sultan – the Portsmouth-based training facility where the apprentices will spend their first two years,
“It’s important for us to ensure the parents and guardians are comfortable with the set up at HMS Sultan and so we take them to see the site first hand,” Nicola said
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.
After two years, the apprentices return to the sites to complete their apprenticeship.
Applications for the apprentice programme will open on November 1 and will be through the EDF Energy careers website.
For more information contact:Martyn Butlin
External Communications Manager - Generation
01524 863 565
EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to 6 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.
EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework.
These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.
Through Our Better Energy Ambitions, EDF Energy has developed one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company.
In 2014 EDF Energy received seven ‘Big Ticks’ in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards. In 2013 EDF Energy received the Environmental Leadership for Behavioural Change Award in the national Environment and Energy Awards and was highly commended in the first ever pan European Corporate Social Responsibility Awards scheme for its Sustainable Schools programme – the Pod.
EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 15,000 people at locations across the UK.
To find out more about the UK's energy challenges look at www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture/