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Torness power station's newest apprentices enjoying a week of team building in the Lake District before setting off to EDFs Portsmouth based training centre.
Torness power station's newest apprentices enjoying a week of team building in the Lake District before setting off to EDFs Portsmouth based training centre.

Torness apprentices receive warm welcome

TORNESS power station’s newest apprentices have enjoyed a week of team building in the Lake District before setting off to HMS Sultan, a world class training centre in Portsmouth.

The seven apprentices from Torness will join other successful candidates from EDF Energy’s other nuclear power station sites for the first two years of the four-year apprenticeship. They will return for on-site training for their final two years.

In the stunning setting of the Lake District, all of the new starters participated in the week’s activities which included team building, problem solving, craft building, high wire climbing, and orienteering. After an enjoyable week the group was taken south to see their superb modern rooms and excellent training facilities.

Dominic Blythe, Torness apprentice co-ordinator, said: “We are now starting our fifth year of training apprentices at HMS Sultan and have been very impressed with the results they are achieving. As a kick start to the apprenticeship we take all of EDF Energy’s first year apprentices to the Lakes for a team-building week and this works well as this group will be spending the next two years together.”

The seven new apprentices 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.

Earlier this year the recruitment process started with the station receiving hundreds of applications.