15 May 15

Girls can be engineering apprentices too!

24 year old Stefany Chisholm does a job that is different to most girls her age. The Dunbar youngster is a mechanical maintenance apprentice at EDF Energy’s Torness nuclear power station in East Lothian.

As Scottish Apprenticeship week gets underway EDF Energy is highlighting its support for the initiative.

Stefany is amongst 53 other apprentices in Scotland on the EDF Energy Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship Scheme. It is a four-year programme which focuses on the skills required to maintain our 8 nuclear, two coal and one combined cycle gas turbine power stations across the UK.

Stefany said, “I’ve always had a keen interest in engineering which can be put down to my brother and my dad. My brother had an engineering apprenticeship with a different company and my dad works offshore so I guess you could say it is in the blood!”

“I actually started at university and completed two years before realising it wasn’t for me. I worked for a few years then came across the apprenticeship programme at EDF Energy and the rest is history. I am about to go into my fourth year now and am loving every minute of it!”

The first two years of the programme are based at the Royal Naval base at HMS Sultan near Portsmouth, Hampshire. During this time apprentices undergo training in academic and workshop environments to ensure they gain an excellent introduction to engineering and develop a strong skills foundation. Part of this programme also covers the development of life skills, like confidence and communication.

Alongside the rigorous engineering training and qualifications, the apprentices will enjoy world-class sports and leisure facilities. The programme also includes trips abroad to European nuclear power stations and a huge variety of activities available to them, including skydiving or learning foreign languages.

Torness apprentice co-ordinator Dominic Blyth said, “We’ve just recruited six new apprentices who will start with us in August this year. The scheme will open again for recruits later this year and I would encourage as many young people to apply as possible.”

For more information contact:

Lindsey Ingram
Media Officer - Scotland
01355 846283
07813 230379

Notes to editors

Picture: 24 year old mechanical maintenance apprentice Stefany Chisholm from Dunbar

EDF Energy

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/