Latest Torness apprentices kick off their new careers

The latest group of six apprentices appointed during the summer.  Top row: Charlie Woodhouse, Allana McIntosh, Mitchell Watson. Bottom row: Andrew McKendry, Ian Taylor and Liam McNeill
The latest group of six apprentices appointed during the summer. Top row: Charlie Woodhouse, Allana McIntosh, Mitchell Watson. Bottom row: Andrew McKendry, Ian Taylor and Liam McNeill

EDF Energy power stations’ have a strong local recruitment record with most its Torness workforce living in the area.

The stations also draw most of their new apprentices from schools near the sites. The latest group of six Torness apprentices were appointed during the summer and kicked off their new careers with EDF Energy with a team building week in the Lake District.

There they joined with the company’s 59 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 around 234 applications came in for the positions, after tests and interviews the apprentices were finally chosen.

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

After the final six were chosen at Torness 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 accommodation and training facilities first hand. The outward bound week in the Lake District provides a professional foundation for HMS Sultan. 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.”

Away from the classroom the apprentices will enjoy excellent sports and leisure facilities. EDF Energy’s apprentices also undertake an extensive life skills package along with some cultural visits to European cities.

After two years, the apprentices return to Torness Power Station to complete their apprenticeship on site.

Applications for the apprentice programme open in October and will be through the EDF Energy careers website. http://www.edfenergy.com/careers/