20 Sep 16

New generation of apprentices for Torness power station

Torness power station’s new generation of apprentices have started their careers with EDF Energy with a trip to the Lake District.

James McFarlane (18) from Foulden, Berwick Upon Tweed, Grant Hoddinott (18) from Duns, Rhys Demainczuk (21) from Dunbar, Grant Shiells (21) from Edinburgh, Stewart Battison (22) from Coldingham and Greg Ferguson (17) from Musselburgh (pictured, left-right) met up with other apprentices from EDF Energy’s sites across the UK for an outward bound week in Ullswater.

The team building week was the culmination of a recruitment process which started last autumn. Hundreds of application forms were submitted and after a round of interviews and assessments 48 were selected to join stations across the EDF Energy fleet.

Station Director, Paul Winkle, said: “Our new recruits had a great time during their outward bound week, meeting the people they are going to be living and working with for the next two years. Now they are all eager to take on the new and exciting challenges their training will present.”

They then travelled to HMS Sultan near Portsmouth where they will spend the first two years of their apprenticeship. During this time they undergo training in academic and workshop environments to ensure they gain an excellent introduction to engineering and develop a strong skills foundation.

Apprentice co-ordinator, Gillian Farquhar, said: “For most of our apprentices this is the first time they have lived away from home so part of the programme covers the development of life skills, like confidence and communication. We have dedicated development and 24-hour residential care teams in place on site and apprentices have access to a wide range of leisure facilities.”

In total, 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 last two years of their training are spent back on site at Torness. 

Applications for the apprentice programme will open in the November and will be through the EDF Energy careers website

For more information contact:

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

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.