15 Nov 13

Hartlepool apprentice recruitment

HARTLEPOOL power station has started its search for the latest batch of new apprentices with a series of talks in local secondary schools.

The apprenticeship scheme will see youngsters taken on at each of EDF Energy sites across the UK.

In all about 70 apprentices, will join the four-year scheme which, for the first two years, takes place at HMS Sultan - a world-class training centre in Portsmouth. The apprentices return for on-site training for the final two years.

Nicola Spindloe Hartlepool station apprentice co-ordinator, said: “We go into schools and talk to the pupils so that they understand a little more about the scheme especially as the first two years are away from home.”

In 2013 the site received hundreds of applications for the scheme and after tests and interview, six were selected. This year the site is taking on six apprentices.

Nicola said: “The quality of applications was very high and this helps to ensure we get the right calibre of people as our apprentices. As always we are looking for applications from a diverse range of people.

“Most of our apprentices come from the area local, with many coming from local schools and colleges.”

Anyone from year 11 upwards can apply, with the minimum entry being five GCSEs at grade C and above with maths, English and two science subjects being mandatory.

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 which includes some cultural visits to European cities.

Nicola added: “The life skills part of the scheme is very important to us and after that initial two years away we end up with some very mature individuals.

“As we remind our apprentices as they start off, the majority of today’s executive team in the nuclear business started their working lives as apprentices.”

Dave Reay, was named Hartlepool’s apprentice of the year at a graduation ceremony held at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham.

After the four years on the programme Dave is now a Control and Instrumentation Technician on the plant. He also picked up the Institute of Measurement and Control, Teesside Instrument Engineers best student award.

Nicola Spindloe Hartlepool station apprentice co-ordinator, said: “Dave did very well in his time as an apprentice and we were very proud that he also picked up the award from the Institute of Measurement and Control.

“It just shows that high standard of apprentice we have here at Hartlepool and across the company.”

Further information and application forms can be found at www.edfenergy.com/careers