29 Feb 16

Hunterston B supports Scottish Apprenticeship Week

An apprentice at Hunterston B power station is encouraging other young people to think about engineering as a career during Scottish Apprenticeship Week. 

Nineteen year old Rachel Pellegrini is amongst 52 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 the company’s eight nuclear, two coal and one combined cycle gas turbine power stations across the UK. 

Rachel, who is in her third year, says she is sure she has made the right choice of career: 

“I have really enjoyed my apprenticeship so far and I would tell any young woman who may have concerns about applying due to the industry being male dominated, not to worry. I have never faced any challenges due to my gender, everyone wants you to succeed and I’ve found it very easy to fit in. 

“When I was younger I always thought university was the smart idea, I would get my Highers and go to university before getting a job. I was always quite interested in science so I had thought about doing Chemical Engineering or something similar but I’ve always been someone who learns better when I’m doing something hands on so the apprenticeship looked like an amazing opportunity for me.”

 The first two years of the programme are based at the Royal Naval base at HMS Sultan near Portsmouth.  During this time apprentices train 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 enjoy world-class sports and leisure facilities. The programme also includes trips abroad to European nuclear power stations and a huge variety of activities, including skydiving and learning foreign languages.

 Hunterston B apprentice co-ordinator Craig McGhie said, “EDF Energy’s apprenticeship programme offers participants such a rich experience during their four years.  As well as coming out with an excellent technical qualification they are also given the chance to develop life skills like confidence. I would urge as many young people as possible to apply when recruitment opens later in the year.”

For more information contact:

Fiona McCall
External Communications Manager (Scotland)
01355 846281
07813 232347

Notes to editors

  • The apprentices spend four years in training to attain an Advanced Modern Apprenticeship Certificate in Engineering, a BTEC Level 3 (ONC equivalent) and also an NVQ Level 3.
  • The apprentices are also given the opportunity to study for an HNC in their third year.
  • Applications for the 2016 apprentice programme are now closed but the next recruitment campaign is due to start later this year.
  • Find out more here http://www.edfenergy.com/careers/early-careers/apprenticeships/engineering-maintenance-apprenticeship

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.