EDF Energy begin the search for 2017 apprentices

The start of the apprentice recruitment process coincides with a relaunch of the national campaign to change teenage girls’ perceptions of science, inspiring inspire them to pursue science-based careers.

Last year, 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.

Apprentice co-ordinator Steve Walker and Engineering Apprentice Mentor Tom Miller are also visiting schools and colleges to talk to students about the programme.

The closure date for applications is early in January 2017. Successful applicants will first take tests, shortly followed by interviews and finally join an assessment centre before the final selection is made.

After the 2017 apprentices are chosen, they and their families will be taken to see HMS Sultan – the Portsmouth-based training facility where the apprentices will spend their first two years.

Steve said: “We know that for many of our new apprentices that it will be first time they will have left home.

“It is important that they and their parents see what’s on offer at HMS Sultan, the accommodation as well as the leisure facilities”.

Away from the classroom the apprentices will enjoy excellent sports and leisure facilities under the watchful eye of the centre’s own team. EDF Energy’s apprentices also undertake an extensive life skills package along with some cultural visits to European cities.

After two years, the apprentices return to their home sites to complete their apprenticeship with on-the-job training. 

Applications for the apprentice programme will open on 1 November, and will be through the EDF Energy careers website: http://www.edfenergy.com/careers

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