23 May 14

New Sizewell B recruits welcomed to site

Sizewell B power station’s new intake of apprentices enjoyed an open evening at the station with their families before they set off to visit HMS Sultan - a world-class training centre in Portsmouth.

The four apprentices and their family members met Sizewell B station director Jim Crawford, apprentice coordinator Roger Barge and maintenance manager Jon Yates.

The Sizewell B team talked with the new apprentices about how the station operates and what life is like as an EDF Energy apprentice. Ian Williams from HMS Sultan was also on hand to answer questions about day to day life as an apprentice at the training facility.

Following a visit to HMS Sultan in June, they will join apprentices from all of EDF Energy’s nuclear sites there in September. They will be located there for the first two years of the four-year scheme, and will return to complete their training on-site for the final two years.

Jim Crawford, Sizewell B Station Director said: “This annual welcome event which we hold for our apprentices at the Sizewell visitor centre 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 at the UKs most modern nuclear power station. Many of our apprentices come from local schools and colleges and it’s important for us to ensure their parents are comfortable with the set up at HMS Sultan so not only do we invite them to the power station but we follow this up with a visit to see the training centre in Portsmouth too.”

Christian Southgate joined the scheme from East Norfolk Sixth Form College in Gorleston where he studied his A-Levels. Christian brought his parents to the event and they said: “We are thrilled Christian gained a place on EDF Energy’s apprenticeship scheme. We are very proud of him and recognise that he has worked very hard to get this far. We know he will take this opportunity seriously and will make the most of the training programme.”

Sizewell B’s latest apprentices, who come from schools in Framlingham, Woodbridge, Gorleston and Bury St Edmunds, will tackle engineering training and also life skills at HMS Sultan. Away from the classroom the apprentices will enjoy excellent sports and leisure facilities under the watchful eye of the centre’s own team.

Roger Barge, Sizewell B Apprentice Coordinator said: “As well as providing the best in engineering training it is just as important to make sure that the evenings and weekends are also planned to a degree as for the majority of the apprentices it will be their first time away from home.
The welcome event at the Sizewell visitor centre helps us to build up a bond with the new apprentices and their families so they feel comfortable about the years of training ahead of them.”

The apprentices and their families 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 other EDF Energy apprentices.

There were over 130 applications to join the EDF Energy apprentice scheme at Sizewell B. The lucky group that made it through to selection process will spend four years in training to attain an Advanced Modern Apprenticeship Certificate in Engineering and an ONC/HNC and also an NVQ Level 3.

The 2015 recruitment campaign is scheduled to commence later this year.

Schools and colleges keen to know more about the apprenticeship programme should contact roger.barge@edf-energy.com
To find out more about the Sizewell B Visitor Centre contact sizewellbtours@edf-energy.com.