Next generation of apprentices at Hinkley Point B

THE next generation of apprentices has started work at EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point B power station near Bridgwater after securing places on the company’s coveted four-year apprenticeship scheme – just as the 2018 recruitment process is due to start.

Hundreds of young people applied to join the engineering maintenance apprenticeship, with Hinkley Point B’s intake largely coming from schools and colleges around the station and across Somerset.

The majority of the 2017 apprentices come from Bridgwater and the surrounding villages, with one from Taunton and another from Totnes in Devon.

Peter Evans, station director at Hinkley Point B power station, said: “I started as an apprentice and this is an exciting time for our new recruits as they start their EDF Energy careers.

“I am fortunate to be able to meet the apprentices very early in the process and it is always rewarding to see them develop and take on senior roles on site.”

The apprentices spend the first two years away at HMS Sultan, EDF Energy’s dedicated training facility in Portsmouth, while the final two years are spent on site.

At the end of their apprenticeships, they are offered full-time roles at the power station.

Such is the success of the apprenticeship programme, the scheme recently won a Highly Commended accolade in the South West Regional Apprenticeship Awards.

Brian Cowell, Managing Director of Generation for EDF Energy, said: “We are very pleased that our innovative apprenticeship scheme has been recognised by the National Apprenticeship Service.

"Whenever I have the opportunity to talk to the apprentices either while they are training or back on a power station, I am always taken by their professionalism and also their commitment to learn and develop.

"The four-year programme not only produces excellent engineering technicians, but also the future leaders and managers within EDF Energy.”

Applications for the 2018 apprenticeship scheme can be submitted from next Wednesday (November 1). More information is available online at: https://www.edfenergy.com/careers.

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