18 Oct 13

Hunterston B power station apprentices graduate at EDF Energy ceremony

APPRENTICES from across EDF Energy’s fleet attended the company’s graduation ceremony to receive certificates from managing director Dr. Andy Spurr.

After completing their schemes, the 48 members of the 2009 technical apprenticeship intake and the three 2011 business apprentices, were joined at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham, by their family and members of the executive team to celebrate their achievement.

Amongst the group were seven apprentices from Hunterston B power station including Neal Rodgers from Largs, Jordan Crowe from Troon, Mhari Ann Agnew from Stevenston, Darren Keyes from Ardrossan, Owen Mitchell from Ardrossan, Nicky McIntee from Saltcoats and Ryan Forster from Largs. Neal Rodgers also won an Apprentice of the Year award after being nominated by his colleagues. Hunterston B power station director, Colin Weir said, “I am very pleased all the apprentices have graduated with flying colours after four years of hard work. I am also delighted about the award won by Neal who has demonstrated trust, transparency and teamwork. I wish him and all the other apprentices all the best in this new phase of their careers.”

After presenting their graduation certificates they were encouraged by the company’s managing director Andy Spurr to grasp the opportunities that lay ahead for them.

Andy said: “As I reach the end of my career I am jealous that you are starting your career at such an exciting time, with us running the existing fleet for as long as it is safe and economic to do so and when there are real prospects of new nuclear. This is a great company, and it is a great time to join.”

This is the second cohort through the new apprenticeship scheme based at HMS Sultan; the apprentices spend two years at HMS Sultan and two years at their home station, and are the first group to include three female technical apprentices.

Andy said: “This group sees the first group of three women technical apprentices graduating through our scheme and we now have a further 23 women apprentices in the programme. This helps create an inclusive environment on our sites.”

Andy closed the afternoon by praising the apprentices for the commitment and dedication they have demonstrated during their training, recognising they are the future of our industry and key to delivering our missions and ambitions going forward.