15 Nov 13

Power station starts search with "ask an apprentice"

Would-be workers will have the chance to quiz apprentices from Hinkley Point B as the power station starts its latest apprenticeship search.

A team of year 3 and 4 apprentices will be on hand to answer questions about the apprenticeship scheme at the EDF Energy Visitor Centre in Bridgwater's Angel Place shopping centre during the week of 25 to 30 November.

The engineering maintenance apprenticeship scheme will see applicants taken on at each of EDF Energy's sites across the UK, including around six at the Somerset site.In all about 70 apprentices will join the four-year scheme which, for the first two years, takes place at HMS Sultan - a world-class training centre in Portsmouth. The apprentices return for on-site training for the final two years.

James Mason, station apprentice co-ordinator, said: “Our best adverts for the apprenticeship scheme are our own apprentices. This is a great opportunity to find out at first hand what the scheme can offer and why competition is so intense to get a place.”

In 2013 the site received hundreds of applications for the scheme with most coming from students at local schools and colleges and after tests and interview, 6 apprentices were selected.

James said: “We have a well-established reputation for providing a very high standard of training and personal development. As always we are looking for a diverse range of applicants so I'd encourage anyone interested to call in to the Visitor Centre to find out more.”

Mike Harrison, station director at Hinkley Point B, added: “Plenty of managers within the business started out as apprentices so there are great career opportunities available at an exciting time for the nuclear industry."

Completion of the scheme leads to an Advanced Modern Apprenticeship Certificate in Engineering, having attained a BTEC and an NVQ Level 3, with those with the correct aptitude having the option to progress onto HNC or Nuclear Engineering Foundation Degree.

Away from the classroom the apprentices will enjoy excellent sports and leisure facilities and also undertake an extensive life skills package, which includes some cultural visits to European cities.

The Visitor Centre will be open between 09:30 and 16:00 Monday 25 to Friday 29 November and staying open late on Wednesday until 18:00 and again between 09:30 and 13:00 on Saturday 30 November for anyone interested in the apprenticeship scheme.

Further information and application forms can also be found at www.edfenergy.com/careers