5 May 15

Meet the new Sizewell B apprentices

Sizewell B power station’s newest intake of apprentices enjoyed an open evening with their families to find out more about the four-year scheme they will start in September.

The future apprentices and their parents heard about the world-class facilities and engineering training at Royal Navy Base HMS Sultan near Portsmouth, where they will be based for the first two years before returning to Sizewell B to complete their training on site.

This year four apprentices have been recruited for Sizewell B; Tom Carton (19), Glen Bunting (15), Gary Jackman (19) and Eliot Bird (17).

Eliot Bird from Oulton Broad first went to a Sizewell B apprentice open day when he was 13. He said: "I always knew an engineering apprenticeship was for me, I have lots of engineers in my family who have encouraged me along the way. My dad is as excited as me about the apprenticeship!"

It is second time lucky for Eliot who applied for the apprenticeship scheme last year and made it through to final interview stage. Eliot took on board the feedback at the interview and sharpened his practical skills by volunteering at the East Anglia Transport Museum in Carlton Colville before applying for this year’s apprenticeship intake.

Jim Crawford, Sizewell B station director said: "I always look forward to the welcome event for the apprentices. It is such an important part of their introduction to the award winning apprenticeship programme for their whole family – we get to meet their proud mums, dads, and grandparents who want to hear more about the journey the apprentices are about to embark on."

As well as getting paid throughout the training, at HMS Sultan the accommodation, food and a number of trips home are paid for by EDF Energy. The company is investing in training up young people to ensure there are enough highly skilled engineers for the future needs of the business.

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.

Roger Barge apprentice coordinator said: "The four latest recruits for the apprenticeship programme at Sizewell B really cut the mustard during their interviews and aptitude tests. There was fierce competition as always to get on to the training programme and of the 109 applicants 84 went through aptitude tests and 32 went forward for interview. Tom, Glen, Gary and Eliot are joining 36 other apprentices at Sizewell B to start what we hope will be a long and fruitful career at the power station."

The apprentices and their families will go down to visit HMS Sultan over the summer. Once there, they will get a tour of the base and will see where they will be living and training and get the opportunity to meet up with over 50 other EDF Energy apprentices from sites around the UK.

At Sizewell B there were 109 applications for the four places

The apprentices will 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 2016 recruitment campaign is scheduled to commence later this year.

Follow @edfecareers on Twitter of check out edfenergy.com/careers for more information

Anyone keen to know more about the Sizewell B apprenticeship programme should contact roger.barge1@edf-energy.com

To find out more about the Sizewell B Visitor Centre contact sizewellbtours@edf-energy.com

For more information contact:

Marjorie Barnes
Media Officer (East)
01728 653378
07515 295488

EDF Energy

EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to 6 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.

EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework.

These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.

Through Our Better Energy Ambitions, EDF Energy has developed one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company.

In 2014 EDF Energy received seven ‘Big Ticks’ in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards. In 2013 EDF Energy received the Environmental Leadership for Behavioural Change Award in the national Environment and Energy Awards and was highly commended in the first ever pan European Corporate Social Responsibility Awards scheme for its Sustainable Schools programme – the Pod.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 15,000 people at locations across the UK.

To find out more about the UK's energy challenges look at www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture/