13 Sep 17

Sizewell B new recruits start award winning apprenticeship

The latest Sizewell B new recruits have joined the station to start their apprenticeship in the nuclear industry.

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).

The group enjoyed a week in the Lake District for an outward bound course where they met other EDF Energy apprentices from power stations across the UK.  Team building is encouraged whilst taking part in outdoor activities which culminated in climbing mount Helvellyn.

Paul Morton, Sizewell B station director said: “I enjoyed meeting our new apprentices and their families recently and wish them the best of luck as they start their engineering studies.”

With the outward bound course complete the apprentices are now turning their energy to studying at HMS Sultan in Portsmouth where they will spend the next two years.  The apprentices will learn basic engineering skills in their first year, before specialising into their trade in the second year. 

The apprentice recruitment complements 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.

For more information about careers at EDF Energy visit edfenergy.com/earlycareers

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/