Sizewell B new apprentices join EDF Energy
The four new recruits for Sizewell B all came from local schools. Kieran Butler, 20, studied at Alde Valley Academy in Leiston and Lowestoft College, Bethany Grant, 21, came from Westbourne Academy in Ipswich, Sophie Mason, 17, from Chantry Academy and Suffolk New College in Ipswich and Bailey Payne, 18, from Lynn Grove Academy in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft College.
After the interview and assessment process, the apprentices were chosen and then taken with their parents and guardians to see the training facilities at HMS Sultan in Portsmouth.
Paul Morton, station director at Sizewell B power station, said: “This is an exciting time for our new recruits as they start their EDF Energy careers.
“The outward bound week has proved very popular with first-year apprentices as friendships are formed that will remain for years to come.”
The apprentice scheme sees the first two years spent away at HMS Sultan, with the final two years spent on site before the apprentices are offered full-time roles on site.
The apprentice recruitment coincides with EDF Energy’s national campaign to change teenage girls’ perceptions of science and 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.
Although the company’s generating stations already have a number of successful female apprentices, EDF Energy wants to attract more.
Paul Morton added: “We have worked very hard to ensure that our local students really understand that there are opportunities for them here at Sizewell B and with EDF Energy in general.
“I am fortunate to be able to meet the apprentices very early in their career and it is always rewarding to see them develop and take on senior roles on site.
The next round apprentice recruitment is now open, and details can be found at: https://www.edfenergy.com/careers