26 Oct 17

EDF Energy welcomes Scottish Government STEM strategy as new apprentices start training

Scotland’s largest producer of low carbon electricity, EDF Energy, is welcoming the Scottish Government’s new strategy on STEM education and skills just as eleven new apprentices start their training and the search starts for next year's intake.

The recruits were appointed after a rigorous application process and will be based at Scotland’s two nuclear power stations, Hunterston B in North Ayrshire and Torness in East Lothian.

The group started their careers with EDF Energy with a team-building week in the Lake District where they met other apprentices from power stations across the UK.  The apprentices took part in a series of challenges which culminated in climbing Helvellyn.

Scottish Business Director, Paul Winkle, said: “EDF Energy knows that if the country is to address the energy challenges of the future it needs to have a workforce with strong skills in STEM. We welcome the Scottish Government’s strategy and look forward to building on our STEM education approach in Scotland which currently includes our apprenticeship programme, partnerships with Edinburgh International Science Festival and SmartSTEMs and our #PrettyCurious programme which aims to change teenage girls’ perceptions of science and inspire them to pursue science-based careers."

“I had the pleasure of meeting some of the apprentices at Torness and they showed a great deal of enthusiasm for the learning they are about to undertake. I wish them well as they start their new engineering careers.”

With the outward bound course complete, the apprentices are now studying at HMS Sultan in Portsmouth where they will spend the next two years.  The apprentices will learn basic engineering skills in their first year, before specialising into their trade in the second year. 

Applications for this year’s intake open on 1 November. More information is available on EDF Energy careers website: www.edfenergy.com/careers.

For more information contact:

Fiona McCall
External Communications Manager (Scotland)
01355 846281
07813 232347

EDF Energy in Scotland

In Scotland EDF Energy operates Hunterston B in North Ayrshire and Torness in East Lothian which employ over 1,000 staff and around 500 contracting partners across the two power stations. EDF Energy employs a further 200 office based staff in East Kilbride.  As well as generating enough power to serve some 4 million homes the company also provides gas and electricity to over 80,000 Scottish customers with around half of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation. We operate two windfarms in the Scottish Borders and 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 organisations in the UK, including supplying almost all public sector bodies in Scotland with after being awarded Scotland’s largest electricity supply contract by annual volume from April 2013. 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.