6 Apr 15

Heysham's Josh Smith wins top apprentice title

Heysham 1 power station’s Josh Smith has been named the National Skills Academy Nuclear Apprentice of the Year

Josh Smith, who is a maintenance technician at the station, was nominated in the North West apprentice category which he won and he was then put through to the national finals.

Josh said: “I was very honoured to win the North West awards and then to get the ultimate honour – the National Apprentice of the year.

“It's one of those things I didn't think I could ever win, but this will only spur me on to do more now I know that I can achieve.

“I chose to study for an apprenticeship because I wanted to get out there and work! But I also knew I had to develop the theory behind the work.

“The EDF Energy apprenticeship covers both parts of this, I have been lucky to undertake an apprenticeship with such a supportive company.

“The next options are doing a degree, developing as a leader at Heysham 1 or the thing that really catches my eye is moving abroad to work with EDF Group.”

Josh joined the EDF Energy four-year apprentice scheme in 2010 which consists of two years at a training centre at HMS Sultan, Portsmouth, and the final two years back on site at Heysham 1.

Ian Stewart, Heysham 1’s station director attended the awards ceremony in Manchester, said: “Its great news that Josh won this award and it’s a testament to his hard work and the excellent apprenticeship scheme we run within the company.”

Heysham power station has just completed its recruitment process for 2015 and will soon be appointing the latest batch of 13 apprentices who will join the company in September.

For more information contact:

Martyn Butlin
Media Officer (North and Midlands)
01524 863 565
07768 577 822

EDF Energy in the North West

In the North West EDF Energy operates Heysham 1 and Heysham 2 power stations which employ over 1,100 staff and 400 contracting partners. As well as generating enough power to serve some four million homes in this region the company also provides gas and electricity to over 190,000 customers with over half of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation. We 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 companies in the UK, including sites for Tesco Stores Limited, Urenco UK Ltd, Morrisons, Jaguar Land Rover Limited and PPG Industries UK Ltd, right here in the North West. 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.