Sizewell B apprentices start their training

The latest apprentices to join Sizewell B have kicked off their new careers with EDF Energy with a team building week in the Lake District.

There they joined with the company’s 53 other apprentices who are linked to EDF Energy’s other nuclear sites.

The Lakes’ week was the culmination of a gruelling recruitment process which started last autumn when over 120 applications came in for the positions.

After tests and interviews the four apprentices were finally chosen to join the Sizewell B team.

Roger Barge, apprentice training coordinator, said: “The quality of applications was very high and so that means the quality of our apprentices will also be very high.”

The apprentices and their families were taken to see HMS Sultan – the Portsmouth-based training facility where the apprentices will spend their first two years.

“Many of our apprentices come from the local schools and it’s important for us to ensure the parents are comfortable with the set up at HMS Sultan and so we take them to see the site first hand,” said Roger.

Sizewell B’s latest apprentices, who come from schools in Framlingham, Woodbridge, Gorleston and Bury St Edmunds, will tackle engineering training and also life skills at HMS Sultan. Away from the classroom the apprentices will enjoy excellent sports and leisure facilities under the watchful eye of the centre’s own team.

Apprentice Christian Southgate joined the scheme from East Norfolk Sixth form College in Gorleston where he studied his A-Levels. Christian brought his parents to a welcome event at Sizewell B where they met the team responsible for Christian’s training programme. They said: “We are thrilled Christian gained a place on EDF Energy’s apprenticeship scheme. We are very proud of him and recognise that he has worked very hard to get this far. We know he will take this opportunity seriously and will make the most of the training programme.”

EDF Energy’s apprentices also undertake an extensive life skills package along with some cultural visits to European cities.

Roger added: “The life skills part of the scheme is very important to us and after the initial two years away we end up with some very mature individuals.”

After two years, the apprentices return to Sizewell B to complete their apprenticeship on site.

“As a kick start to the apprenticeship we take all of EDF Energy’s first year apprentices to the Lake District for a team-building week and this works well as this group will be spending the next two years together.”

Applications for the apprentice programme will open in October and will be through the EDF Energy careers website.

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