3 Nov 17
Generation - Dungeness B

Next generation of apprentices join the team at Dungeness B

THE next generation of Kent’s nuclear engineers has started work at EDF Energy’s Dungeness B power station after securing places on the company’s highly acclaimed four-year engineering apprenticeship scheme – just as the 2018 recruitment process kicks off.

Applications for next year’s intake opened on 1 November and anyone interested in the scheme is encouraged to drop into the station’s visitor centre from Monday to Friday between 2pm and 5pm until 10 November to have an informal chat with the station’s recruitment team.

Ian Stewart, Station Director at Dungeness B power station, said: “This is an exciting time for the station as we begin our recruitment for next year and, at the same time, welcome our six new apprentices as they embark on what should be long and successful careers at EDF Energy.

“I started my career in the industry as an apprentice so it always brings me great pleasure to see how the new recruits progress, develop and begin to take on more senior roles at the station.”

The new 2017 apprentices all come from within 25 miles of the power station: Emily Teehan (from Ashford), Emily Arnold (Hythe), Brandon Law (Sandgate), Henry Donoghue (New Romney), Thomas Wrout (Lydd) and Aaron Haynes (Woodchurch).

Their first two years are spent away at HMS Sultan, EDF Energy’s dedicated training facility in Portsmouth, while the final two years are spent on site.

At the end of their apprenticeships, they are offered full-time roles to play their part in ensuring the Dungeness B continues to provide low-carbon power for 2 million homes until at least 2028.

Brian Cowell, Managing Director of Generation for EDF Energy, said: “We are very pleased that our innovative apprenticeship scheme has been recognised by the National Apprenticeship Service.

"Whenever I have the opportunity to talk to the apprentices either while they are training or back on a power station, I am always taken by their professionalism and also their commitment to learn and develop.

"The four-year programme not only produces excellent engineering technicians, but also the future leaders and managers within EDF Energy.”

Applications for the 2018 apprenticeship scheme are open now and more information can be found online at: https://www.edfenergy.com/careers/early-careers/apprenticeships/engineering-maintenance-apprenticeship

For more information contact:

Laurence Ollier
External Communications Manager - Generation (South East)
0781 3232 765

Notes to editors

If you would like to speak to Ben McDonald, Dungeness B's Apprenticeship Coordinator, for more details on the scheme please contact Laurence Ollier on the details below.

EDF Energy

EDF Energy is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers and businesses with electricity and gas.

It generates electricity with eight nuclear power stations, more than 30 wind farms, one gas and two coal power stations, as well as with combined heat and power plants.

EDF Energy is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C. This will provide low carbon electricity to meet 7% of UK demand. The project is already making a positive impact on the local and national economy, British industry, as well as boosting skills and education. EDF Energy also invests in a range of low carbon technologies including renewables and battery storage. It is applying research and development expertise to improve the performance of existing generation and developing the potential of new technologies.

The company provides gas and electricity for more than 5 million customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain and the largest supplier to British businesses. It offers innovative energy systems for commercial customers and digital innovation for customers at home. EDF Energy has also launched its own innovation accelerator, Blue Lab, which focuses on making customers’ lives easier.

The Better Plan is EDF Energy's framework for being a sustainable and responsible energy business and is an integral part of EDF's 2030 vision to be the efficient, responsible electricity company, and champion of low-carbon growth. The Better Plan is underpinned by comprehensive environmental and social programmes which have been recognised by a wide range of organisations.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK, the company employs around 13,000 people at locations across England and Scotland.

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