Special honour for Torness apprentice

Charlie was joined by 58 other apprentices from across the business including fellow Torness graduates Allana McIntosh, Andrew McKendry, Liam McNeill and Ian Taylor. 

All five of the power station’s apprentices spent four years on the company’s highly-regarded Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship Scheme. 

Charlie was given the award for his academic performance, his focus on safety, his commitment to supporting other apprentices and his work promoting STEM careers in schools. 

Charlie said: "I have really enjoyed the apprenticeship programme over the past four years so I feel honoured that my hard work has been recognised. I can't recommend the scheme highly enough. I have developed so many new skills since I started and I am looking forward to keeping up the hard work in my role as Control and Instrumentation technician."

The award was presented by newly-appointed EDF Energy Chief Executive Simone Rossi in front of an audience of graduating apprentices and their families. 

There has been a marked increase in young women taking up the apprenticeship in engineering and maintenance across the country. 

CEO Simone Rossi said: “This year around 35 per cent of our intake is female – far above the average for STEM apprenticeships.” 

“This is something that is very important to us, not just because we are firm believers in the power of having a diverse and inclusive workforce, but also because we know that there are many, many highly capable young women who for whatever reason are being deterred from considering a career in engineering and science.” 

“We are trying to play our part in helping to make these careers more attractive and I am very pleased that we have just relaunched our ‘Pretty Curious’ campaign in an exciting partnership with the new ‘Star Wars’ film that features a female engineer as its lead character.   

“This partnership will help us to reach out still further to talented people – boys and girls - who maybe had not previously seen themselves working in an industry like ours.”  

In November, Torness launched its search for their 2018 apprentices. The training scheme starts with two years at the world-renowned training base at HMS Sultan near Portsmouth. The apprentices spend the final two years at their home bases where they get on-the-job training. 

The scheme is open to anyone aged 16 and above, the minimum entry is five National 5s or equivalent, including Maths, English and two of either Science, Technical or Engineering subjects. 

Further more information on how to apply, visit: https://www.edfenergy.com/careers/early-careers/apprenticeships/engineering-maintenance-apprenticeship

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