19 Dec 16

Health and safety award for Torness apprentice

An apprentice at Torness power station has proven she is a safe pair of hands by taking first place in a health and safety competition.

Gemma Hay, from Eyemouth, won the Jack Bennett trophy for the work she carried out while acting as Health and Safety Director during a submarine-based project which is part of EDF Energy’s four year apprenticeship programme.

The first two years of the qualification take place at HMS Sultan near Portsmouth. That means apprentices have the chance to compete for the bi-annual trophy which is run by the Hampshire Health Safety and Environmental Group. As well as competing against other EDF Energy apprentices Gemma was up against entries from secondary schools, colleges, and other training schemes and youth organisations.

The award aims to promote safety awareness, occupational health and environmental issues to the young, those about to enter the industry and those already working in Health and Safety.

The 33 year-old won for her project on the simulated submarine maintenance schedule.  She had to assess the feasibility of the jobs that had to be carried out by the maintenance teams to ensure the correct safety precautions were being taken. 

Gemma said: “Joining the EDF Energy apprenticeship scheme was a leap of faith for me. I worked in an opticians for 12 years so starting a career in engineering was a real departure. I am thoroughly enjoying my training and winning this trophy proves to me that I made the right decision when I decided to apply.”

Apprentice co-ordinator Gillian Farquhar said: “I was delighted when I found out that Gemma had won this trophy. Health and safety is at the heart of the culture at Torness power station so the fact that one of the trainee technicians working here has won this accolade is a real source of pride and shows the quality of the training our apprentices receive.”

Gemma’s prize was a £100 cheque which she split between local charities SIMBA and Sands East Lothian.

Applications for EDF Energy’s apprenticeship programme are open until 15 January 2017. You can find out more at 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.