15 May 15

Hunterston B supports Scottish Apprenticeship Week

As Scottish Apprenticeship week gets underway, five new apprentices have just been appointed at Hunterston B nuclear power station. They will start the four year scheme in August.

20 year old Ross Warden knows all about the scheme as he is about to enter his fourth year as a control and instrumentation apprentice.

Ross is amongst 53 other apprentices in Scotland on the EDF Energy Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship Scheme. It is a four-year programme which focuses on the skills required to maintain our 8 nuclear, two coal and one combined cycle gas turbine power stations across the UK.

Ross said, “It is fair to say I’ve always been interested in engineering and it is a career that many of my family have followed. It is a great career and you really can do anything.”

“I was accepted to go to university to do a degree in physics but I had also applied for this apprenticeship. For me when I weighed up both opportunities, this seemed like the best option for me. It is a steady job with great prospects and I am glad I chose this path.”

The first two years of the programme are based at the Royal Naval base at HMS Sultan near Portsmouth, Hampshire. During this time apprentices undergo training in academic and workshop environments to ensure they gain an excellent introduction to engineering and develop a strong skills foundation. Part of this programme also covers the development of life skills, like confidence and communication.

Alongside the rigorous engineering training and qualifications, the apprentices will enjoy world-class sports and leisure facilities. The programme also includes trips abroad to European nuclear power stations and a huge variety of activities available to them, including skydiving or learning foreign languages.

Hunterston B apprentice co-ordinator Craig McGhie said, “This really is a great alternative to university for a lot of young people. The scheme will open again for recruits later this year and I would encourage as many young people to apply as possible.”

For more information contact:

Lindsey Ingram
Media Officer - Scotland
01355 846283
07813 230379

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Picture: 20 year old control and instrumentation apprentice Ross Warden

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.