17 Oct 13

Torness power station apprentices graduate at EDF Energy ceremony

APPRENTICES from across EDF Energy’s fleet attended the company’s graduation ceremony to receive certificates and awards from managing director Andy Spurr.

After completing their schemes, the 48 members of the 2009 technical apprenticeship intake and the three 2011 business apprentices, were joined at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham, by their family and members of the executive team to celebrate their achievement.

Amongst them were 6 apprentices from Torness power station including Gavin Middlemiss, Kyle McCartney, Scott Brading, Jamie Black, Brian Fraser and Danielle Smith. Kyle McCartney was awarded the 2013 Apprentice of the Year for Nuclear Generation in recognition for his high work ethics, hunger to learn and displaying a good questioning attitude in his work.

Torness station director, Paul Winkle said, “I was very pleased to be at the awards ceremony and see all 6 apprentices graduate from the company scheme. They have all worked very hard to get to this point and I am sure they will all go very far. I am delighted Kyle has won the Apprentice of the Year 2013 award and it is very well deserved. He has demonstrated trust, transparency and teamwork throughout his career so far. I wish Kyle and the other 5 graduates a long and happy future ahead at EDF Energy.”

After presenting their graduation certificates the apprentices were encouraged by the company’s managing director Andy Spurr to grasp the opportunities that lay ahead for them.

Andy said: “As I reach the end of my career I am jealous that you are starting your career at such an exciting time, with us running the existing fleet for as long as it is safe and economic to do so and when there are real prospects of new nuclear. This is a great company, and it is a great time to join.”

This is the second cohort through the new apprenticeship scheme based at HMS Sultan; the apprentices spend two years at HMS Sultan and two years at their home station, and are the first group to include three female technical apprentices.

Andy said: “This group sees the first group of three women technical apprentices graduating through our scheme and we now have a further 23 women apprentices in the programme. This helps create an inclusive environment on our sites.”

Andy closed the afternoon by praising the apprentices for the commitment and dedication they have demonstrated during their training, recognising they are the future of our industry and key to delivering our missions and ambitions going forward.

The apprentice scheme will re-open in November 2013 – for more information look here http://careers.edfenergy.com/apprentices/