Torness takes on apprentices

Back row ' Craig Bell, Kieran Bell, John Bunney and Lewis Martin''Front row ' Louissa Robertson, Jack Feeney, Niall Harding and Gemma Hay
Back row ' Craig Bell, Kieran Bell, John Bunney and Lewis Martin''Front row ' Louissa Robertson, Jack Feeney, Niall Harding and Gemma Hay

The latest group of eight Torness power station apprentices have kicked off their careers with EDF Energy after being appointed during the summer.

Louissa Robertson (18, from Macmerry), Niall Harding (17, from Dunbar), Gemma Hay (31, from Reston), Jack Feeney (18, from Duns), Lewis Martin (16, from Dunbar), John Bunney (20, from North Berwick), Kieran Bell (22, from Eyemouth) and Craig Bell (21 from Annan) joined the company’s 53 other apprentices at a team building week in the Lake District.

The Lakes week was the culmination of a gruelling recruitment process which started last autumn when hundreds of applications came in for the positions. After numerous tests and interviews the apprentices were finally chosen to join the Torness teams.

Dominic Blythe, apprentice training co-ordinator, said: “The quality of applications was very high meaning the quality of our apprentices will also be very high.”

After the final six were chosen the apprentices and their families were taken to see HMS Sultan – the Portsmouth-based training facility were the apprentices will spend their first two years,

Dominic added: “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.”

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

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

After two years, the apprentices return to Hunterston B power station to complete their apprenticeship on site.”

Apprentice programme applications open in October through the EDF Energy careers website.