12 Sep 16

Recognition for Hunterston B’s female apprentices

Four of Hunterston B power station’s apprentices have been recognised for their hard work at their end of academic year awards ceremony. 

Twenty-one year old Courtney McMillan, from Stevenston, fought off stiff competition from other first year apprentices from across the UK to be named Academy Apprentice of the Year.  Christie Fraser, from Millport, was a runner-up in this category.

Rachel Boyd, from Ardrossan, won the Year 2 Control and Instrumentation Student of the Year prize and Kerri Lumsden, from Troon, was a runner up for the Year 2 Electrical Apprentice of the Year. 

Hunterston B Station Director, Colin Weir, said: “Our apprentices spend the first two years of their training at HMS Sultan near Portsmouth with other apprentices from EDF Energy’s sites across the UK and I am extremely proud of the way they have represented both themselves and the station.” 

During the time the apprentices spend at HMS Sultan, they undergo training in academic and workshop environments to ensure they gain an excellent introduction to engineering and develop a strong skills foundation. Part of this programme also covers the development of life skills, like confidence and communication. 

Apprentice coordinator, Craig McGhie, said: “The awards are given on the basis of the broad range of work the apprentices do over the year including practical and classroom work and developing life-skills. All four of our award winners have worked extremely hard over the past year and it is great to see that has paid off.” 

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.

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.