1 May 15

New Dungeness B apprentices welcomed to site

Dungeness 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 Dungeness B to complete their training on site.

Martin Pearson, Dungeness B station director said: “This annual welcome event is important as we get to meet not just the apprentices but their families too. Mums and dads get to ask any questions they may have and the apprentices get to find out what it is like to be an apprentice both at HMS Sultan and also at the station.”

Ryan Farrow, 19 from Dymchurch brought his parents to the event. His dad, Steve, said: “I know what a great experience this will be for him and as a parent, I’m absolutely ecstatic. It’s a gateway to a lifetime of opportunity.”

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.

Jim French, Dungeness B apprentice coordinator said: “As well as providing the best in engineering training it is just as important to make sure there is lots to keep them occupied outside of the classroom, as for the majority of the apprentices it will be their first time away from home.”

Mike Palmer, 21, from Ashford, is leaving his career as an accountant to join the scheme. He said: “Tonight’s been really informative. The staff here have made me feel very welcome and I’m really excited. It sounds like there’s a lot to do when you’re there, I can’t wait.”

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.

Notes to editors

  • There were over 130 applications for the six 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 Dungeness B apprenticeship programme should contact james.french@edf-energy.com
  • To find out more about the Dungeness B Visitor Centre contact dungenessbtours@edf-energy.com.

EDF Energy in the South East

In the South East EDF Energy operates Dungeness B power station which employs over 500 staff and 200 contracting partners.

EDF Energy employs a further 2,500 staff in East and West Sussex with approximately 800 across sites in Crawley, Three Bridges, and East Grinstead and 1,700 across two of our three UK based call centres in Hove and Worthing..

As well as generating enough power to serve some 1.5million homes in this region the company also provides gas and electricity to 730,000 customers with over 20% of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation.

We 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 companies in the UK, including sites for Tesco Stores Limited, Ministry of Defence and Morrisons right here in the South East.

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.