20 Nov 13

Sizewell B starts search for new recruits

Would-be workers will have the chance to quiz apprentices from Sizewell B as the power station starts its latest apprenticeship search.

A team of year 3 and 4 apprentices will be on hand to answer questions about the apprenticeship scheme at the Sizewell B visitor centre on 7 December.

The engineering maintenance apprenticeship scheme will see applicants taken on at each of EDF Energy's sites across the UK, including around six at the Sizewell B site. In all about 70 apprentices will join the four-year scheme which, for the first two years, takes place at HMS Sultan - a world-class training centre in Portsmouth. The apprentices return for on-site training for the final two years.

Roger Barge, Sizewell B apprentice coordinator, said: “Our best adverts for the apprenticeship scheme are our own apprentices. This is a great opportunity to find out what the scheme can offer and why competition is so intense to get a place.”

In 2013 the site received over 200 applications for the scheme with most coming from students at local schools and colleges and after tests and interview, four apprentices were selected.

Roger said: “We have a well-established reputation for providing a very high standard of training and personal development. As always we are looking for a diverse range of applicants so I'd encourage anyone interested to call in to the visitor centre to find out more.”
Presentations will be given at the Sizewell B visitors centre at 10.30am and 1.30pm on 7 December 2013. The station is asking for visitors to register in advance by contacting 01728 653974 or email Sizewellbtours@edf-energy.com.

Jim Crawford, station director at Sizewell B, added: “Plenty of managers within the business started out as apprentices so there are great career opportunities available at an exciting time for the nuclear industry."

Completion of the scheme leads to an Advanced Modern Apprenticeship Certificate in Engineering, having attained a BTEC and an NVQ Level 3, with those with the correct aptitude having the option to progress onto HNC.

Away from the classroom the apprentices will enjoy excellent sports and leisure facilities and also undertake an extensive life skills package, which includes some cultural visits to European cities.