6 Sep 13

Hinkley's new apprentices learn the ropes

The latest group of apprentices from Hinkley Point B power station have kicked off their new careers at EDF Energy with a team building week in the Lake District.

The six new recruits, from local schools including Haygrove, Chilton Trinity and Huish Episcopi as well as Bridgwater College, joined 70 other new apprentices recruited across EDF Energy’s nuclear sites.

The Lakes’ week was the culmination of a testing recruitment process which started last autumn when over 300 applications came in for the Hinkley Point positions. After tests and interviews the six apprentices were finally selected to join the Hinkley Point B team of 540 full-time employees.

Station Director, Mike Harrison, said: “As usual, we had a great deal of interest in our apprenticeship scheme as we have built up a strong reputation for providing high quality training and employment opportunities."

After the final six were chosen the apprentices and their families were taken to see HMS Sultan – the Portsmouth-based training facility where the apprentices will spend their first two years before returning to Hinkley Point B.

Jim Mason, apprentice training co-ordinator at the site, said: “Many of our apprentices come from local schools and it’s important for us to ensure their parents are comfortable with the set up at HMS Sultan and so we take them to see the site first hand."

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 along with some cultural visits to European cities.

Jim Mason added: “The life skills part of the scheme is very important to us and after the initial two years away we end up with some very mature and capable individuals. As a kick start to the apprenticeship we take all of the first year apprentices to the Lake District for a team building week and this works well as the group will be spending the next two years learning together.”

Applications for the EDF Energy apprentice programme will open in October and be available through the EDF Energy careers website at www.edfenergy.com/careers/