12 Mar 14

Hunterston B power station apprentices make their mark on the local community

An enthusiastic team of seven apprentices from EDF Energy’s Hunterston B power station have all received certificates from the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce, after taking part in the Modern Apprenticeship Challenge. The team, all in the fourth and final year of their apprenticeships had to give a presentation on their contribution to the local community which has involved working in Barrmill in North Ayrshire on a time capsule and new signs for the local park.

Apprentice training and recruitment co-ordinator at Hunterston B power station, Jim Whannel said, “I am really proud of the work that the team has done. The time capsule includes several 50 pence coins made to commemorate the London 2012 Olympic Games signed by the children of Barrmill community, photos of the Olympic torch going through the village and food bill receipts from local shops. The idea is that when it is opened in thirty years time, the capsule will give people a good idea of what was going on when it was buried in Barrmill in 2014. The new signs in the local park will point people in the direction of ‘Dead Man’s Planting’, which is an area of historical significance in Barrmill.”

Deputy Provost of North Ayrshire, Councillor Robert Barr said, “The residents of Barrmill really appreciate the work which the apprentices have done there. It has been a boost to the village and the local park and has already encouraged more visitors to the area.”

Hunterston B power station director, Colin Weir agrees, “I am delighted with what the team have achieved at Barrmill and it shows how valuable the Modern Apprenticeship Challenge is. We’ll be encouraging next year’s group of apprentices to enter as well.”

All the apprentices who took part in the challenge are in their fourth and final year and are as follows: Daniel Mosson from Prestwick, Dylan Moffat and David McAllister from Saltcoats, James Law and Ross MacKinnon from Stevenston, Karl Owens from Ayr and Cameron Maclean from West Kilbride.