31 May 16

Torness powers pupils’ job prospects

A group of East Lothian pupils have been getting advice on the world of work while on a visit to EDF Energy’s Torness power station. 

As well as going on a tour of the station the group of sixteen students from Musselburgh Grammar were given a talk on employability. 

The presentation covered a range of areas from how to source potential jobs to filling in applications and performing well during interviews. 

It also pointed out some of the most common areas that applicants come unstuck, like unprofessional email addresses and inappropriate posts in social media. 

HR Business Partner, Chris Nitsche said: “I have been working in recruitment for 15 years and during that time I have seen the good, the bad and everything in between. Some people prepare well but others make basic errors like forgetting to include their contact details on their application form. As East Lothian’s second largest employer we want to help give these teenagers the best possible chance of avoiding the pitfalls of job hunting and starting their careers off on the right foot.” 

Nicola Watson from Musselburgh Grammar said: “Our construction pupils enjoyed an insightful visit to EDF's Torness Power station as part of Musselburgh Grammar School's new Employability Pathways programme. The staff were very helpful in answering questions and giving advice and guidance on the skills and qualities required to work in this industry.”

For more information contact:

Fiona McCall
External Communications Manager (Scotland)
01355 846281
07813 232347

EDF Energy in Scotland

In Scotland EDF Energy operates Hunterston B in North Ayrshire and Torness in East Lothian which employ over 1,000 staff and around 500 contracting partners across the two power stations. EDF Energy employs a further 200 office based staff in East Kilbride.  As well as generating enough power to serve some 4 million homes the company also provides gas and electricity to over 80,000 Scottish customers with around half of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation. We operate two windfarms in the Scottish Borders and make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power up some of the largest organisations in the UK, including supplying almost all public sector bodies in Scotland with after being awarded Scotland’s largest electricity supply contract by annual volume from April 2013. Following a landmark agreement with Network Rail the company also provides nuclear-backed Blue energy to power up the UKs electric rail network, covering most of the south east of England and the main lines from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Merseyrail network around Liverpool and the Glasgow suburban network.