Sizewell B new apprentices and their families visit the station
The group of four and their parents got to look around the Sizewell B visitor centre and talk with the station director, Paul Morton, and his senior managers about the station and hear more about the popular apprenticeship and the training ahead of them.
The four new recruits for Sizewell B 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).
Paul Morton, Sizewell B station director said: “It was a pleasure to meet the new apprentices with their families. We recognise that starting the apprenticeship is the first step on their chosen career path and it is important that they can share this with their families.”
The group will officially join Sizewell B on 25 August before they head off to Ullswater in the Lake District on Monday 28 August for an outward bound 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 following week on Tuesday 5 September, they travel to HMS Sultan to start studying, learning basic engineering skills in the first year, before specialising into their trade in the second year.
The apprentice recruitment coincides with EDF Energy’s national campaign to change teenage girls’ perceptions of science and inspire them to pursue science-based careers.
EDF Energy launched #PrettyCurious, a long term programme to encourage more teenage girls to study STEM. The programme aims to give girls hands-on experiences and provide them with opportunities to learn about the wide range of careers available in STEM.
Although the company’s generating stations already have a number of successful female apprentices, EDF Energy wants to attract more.
EDF Energy in the East of England
In the East of England EDF Energy operates Sizewell B power station which employs 575 staff and 250 contracting partners. EDF Energy has completed Stage One consultation for Sizewell C which would be capable of supplying power to some 5 million homes and would employ 900 staff when operational.
As well as generating enough power to serve some 2.5million homes the company also provides gas and electricity to 270,000 customers in this region with over half of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation. We 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 companies in the UK, including sites for Tesco Stores Limited, Ministry of Defence, Morrisons and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust right here in the East of England. 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.