10 Sep 13

Sizewell B new apprentices learn the ropes

The latest group of Sizewell B apprentices appointed during the summer have launched their new careers with EDF Energy with a team building week in the Lake District.

The four new recruits from schools in Lowestoft, Bungay, Southwold and Woodbridge joined with the company’s 70 other apprentices who are linked to EDF Energy’s other nuclear sites.

The Lakes’ week was the culmination of a gruelling recruitment process which started last autumn when over 200 applications came in for the positions at Sizewell B, after tests and interviews the apprentices were finally chosen to join the Maintenance team.

Jim Crawford, Sizewell B Station Director said: “The quality of applications was very high and so that means the quality of our apprentices will also be very high.”

After the final four were chosen the apprentices and their families were taken to see HMS Sultan – the Portsmouth-based training facility where the apprentices will spend their first two years.

Roger Barge, Sizewell B Apprentice Coordinator said: “Many of our apprentices come from local schools and it’s important for us to ensure the parents are comfortable with the set up at HMS Sultan and so we take them to see the site first hand.”

Away from the classroom the apprentices will 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.

Roger Barge added: “The life skills part of the scheme is very important to us and after that initial two years away we end up with some very mature individuals.

“After two years, the apprentices return to Sizewell B to complete their apprenticeship on site.

“As a kick start to the apprenticeship we take all of EDF Energy’s first year apprentices to the Lake District for a team-building week and this works well as this group will be spending the next two years together.”

Applications for the apprentice programme will open in October and will be through the EDF Energy careers website.



Photo caption : Left to Right, Harry Campbell, Saint Felix School Southwold; Rachel Wills, Woodbridge School; Conor Jones, Bungay High School; Ashley Challis, Lowestoft College.