6 Jul 17

Sizewell B apprentices recognised in EDF Energy awards scheme

Three EDF Energy apprentices based at Sizewell B have been recognised for their award winning skills.

The apprentices, who are all in the second year of the EDF Energy apprenticeship scheme, were selected amongst their peers working across EDF Energy’s eight nuclear power stations.

Sizewell B apprentice Glen Bunting, 17, scooped the top title of ‘Overall Apprentice of the Year’ and was also highly commended within the Mechanical Apprentice category.  

Judges presiding over the awards said:  “Glen consistently achieves high grades during his exams which is a testament to the effort he puts in during lessons.

“He takes the lead during workshop sessions and has showed a good level of skill and dexterity over a wide range of equipment.  Glen readily assists other apprentices showing a mature and sensible approach to the apprenticeship and is fully expected to excel in his engineering career."

Gary Jackman, 21, was named Electrical Apprentice of the Year and was also Highly Commended in the Overall Apprentice of the Year Award.

Tom Carton, 21, was Highly Commended in the Mechanical Apprentice of the Year Award.

The apprentices received their awards at the annual EDF Energy Awards dinner held in HMS Sultan.  It’s a prestigious awards event which sets out to recognise the cream of the crop in that year’s apprenticeship scheme. 

The latest new apprentice recruits will join Sizewell B on 25 August before they head off to Ullswater in the Lake District on Monday 28 August for an outward bounds course where they will meet other EDF Energy apprentices from power stations across the UK.  Team building will be encouraged while they take part in outdoor activities which will culminate in climbing mount Helvellyn.

The four new recruits for Sizewell B all came from local schools.  Brandon Ayers, 20, (Benjamin Britten High School, Lowestoft College) Brer Cornish, 18, (Bungay High School and Sixth Form and Lowestoft College), Suzanne Jones, 18, (Northgate High School and Suffolk New College) and Adele Jenner, 16, (Hartismere School).

On 5 September, the new apprentices will travel to HMS Sultan to start studying, learning basic engineering skills in the first year, before specialising into their trade in the second year.

EDF Energy’s apprenticeship scheme starts with two years at the training base at HMS Sultan near Portsmouth. The apprentices then spend the final two years of their apprenticeship at their home station where they get valuable on the job training.
Away from the classroom the apprentices enjoy excellent sports and leisure facilities under the watchful eye of the centre’s own team.
EDF Energy’s apprentices also undertake an extensive life skills package along with some cultural visits to European cities. Anyone interested in finding out more about a career at EDF Energy should visit edfenergy.com/careers

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/