14 Mar 13

Thousands apply for EDF Energy Apprenticeship Scheme

Danielle Smith is an electrical maintenance apprentice at EDF Energy working in nuclear generation

National Apprenticeship Week: 2000+ apply for place on 2013 programme

Record numbers of applicants are hoping to join EDF Energy’s prestigious four-year apprenticeship programme, which includes two years training at a Royal Naval base and two at a nuclear power station.

More than 2000 youngsters from across the country have applied for this year’s 52 places on the EDF Energy Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship.

The first two years are spent training at HMS Sultan in Gosport, near Portsmouth, home of the Defence School of Marine Engineering and the Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival School.

This year, 2038 people applied to join the programme, regarded as one of the best in the energy industry.

Ian Williams, EDF Energy programme manager, said: “The number of applicants this year has exceeded our expectations. Hopefuls have just been through our assessment centre and the final decisions are just weeks away.

“Word is obviously travelling fast about what an excellent career path our apprenticeship programme offers and the world-class training they receive.

“National Apprenticeship Week is a very important initiative. Many leaders within the industry have started as apprentices and moved through the ranks to reach some very lofty positions. Our apprentices receive great support and quality training, gaining vital skills and a fantastic and comprehensive introduction to the industry.”

After completing training at HMS Sultan, the apprentices head to their base power stations in England and Scotland, for the final two years.

Angela Knight CBE, Chief Executive of Energy UK, said: “The energy sector plays a central role in the UK economy and is one of very few sectors where jobs have steadily increased year after year. Huge investment is now needed to fill the looming energy gap and we’re going to need the very best people in the industry for years to come.

“Apprenticeships are a great way to get into the energy industry and are important to its growth. It is really good news that EDF Energy’s apprenticeship scheme has received so many applicants. It’s a wonderful opportunity for young people to progress in an exciting industry.”

After an initial shortlisting, this year’s applicants took a series of tests at an EDF Energy assessment centre. Final interviews at power stations around the country are now underway.

As well as a salary ranging from around £9,865 in the first year to £18,623 by year four, accommodation and meals are paid for in the first two year residential part of the programme.

Jack Friel, who will be based at Heysham 2 power station in Lancashire, is heading towards completing the first year of his apprenticeship.

He said: “It’s hard work but perfect for me. The apprenticeship is a brilliant opportunity for anyone looking to work in the energy sector and future career prospects are fantastic.”

The final apprentice intake of 52, once announced, will visit HMS Sultan with their parents or guardians, take part in a week’s team-bonding in the Lake District in the summer, before beginning their EDF Energy careers in September.

After completing the four-year scheme, apprentices are awarded an Advanced Modern Apprenticeship Certificate in Engineering, will have achieved a BTEC and an NVQ Level 3, and can study towards an HNC (Higher National Certificate).

Building on the success of the programme, EDF Energy is also now working with three partner colleges to deliver a programme of study that will help young people develop the right skills to apply for an EDF Energy Engineering Apprenticeship.

The new full-time NVQ level 2 programme, which is funded and supported by EDF Energy, starts in September and is designed for individuals who are dedicated to a future working in energy industry.

Go to www.edfenergy.com/careers and click on apprentices and trainees.

CASE STUDY: Danielle Smith is an electrical maintenance apprentice and talks about her experience as an EDF Energy apprentice. You can access her case study via this link

VIDEO: Apprentices across the country talk about their experiences

EDF Energy Apprenticeships Maintenance Engineering http://youtu.be/SbIIXRD_WUI

EDF Energy Apprenticeships ‘Living away from home’ http://youtu.be/K-i0CzngbvU