30 Nov 17
Dungeness B

George is top of the class

DUNGENESS B apprentice George Donoghue has been named the power station’s ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at EDF Energy’s annual apprenticeship graduation ceremony in Worcestershire.

George was joined by 58 other apprentices from across the business including fellow Dungeness B graduates Nathan Croke, Rylan House, James Palmer, Grant Pickup and Lewis Saunders.

All six of the power station’s apprentices spent four years on the company’s highly-regarded Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship Scheme which included two years at the HMS Sultan training base near Portsmouth.

George said: “It’s a real honour to win this award after four really enjoyable years of training. For young people thinking about what to do when they leave school, I can’t recommend the apprenticeship highly enough.

“My younger brother Henry has followed in my footsteps by starting on the same scheme this year and my grandfather actually helped in the construction of the power station so I guess working at Dungeness runs in the family.”

The award was presented by newly-appointed EDF Energy Chief Executive Simone Rossi in front of an audience of graduating apprentices and their families.

Although this year’s graduates from Dungeness were all boys, there has been a marked increase in young women taking up EDF Energy’s engineering and maintenance apprenticeship across the rest of the country.

CEO Simone Rossi said: “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.”

In November, Dungeness B launched its search for its 2018 apprentices, with applications now open until 15 January 2018.

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 more information on how to apply, visit: https://www.edfenergy.com/careers/early-careers/apprenticeships/engineering-maintenance-apprenticeship

For more information contact:

Laurence Ollier
External Communications Manager - Generation (South East)
0781 3232 765
Laurence.Ollier@edfenergy.com

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/