New Torness apprentices are shown the ropes

Torness power station's new intake of apprentices enjoyed an open day at the station before they set off to HMS Sultan - a world-class training centre in Portsmouth.
Torness power station's new intake of apprentices enjoyed an open day at the station before they set off to HMS Sultan - a world-class training centre in Portsmouth.

Torness power station’s new intake of apprentices enjoyed an open day at the station before they set off to HMS Sultan - a world-class training centre in Portsmouth.

The seven apprentices and their parents had a site tour and information session at Torness last week. Ronnie Yule, maintenance manager, told them about how the station works and what it is like to be an EDF Energy apprentice.

They will join apprentices from all of EDF Energy’s nuclear sites at HMS Sultan in September. They will be there for the first two years of the four-year scheme, and will return to complete their training on-site for the final two years.

Faye Cook, apprentice training co-ordinator, said: “This is the fourth group that we are sending down to HMS Sultan. The feedback so far is very positive.”

Earlier this year the recruitment process started with Torness receiving 93 applications.

Torness’s latest apprentices, who come from East Lothian and Berwickshire, 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.

Faye said: “It is important to make sure that the evenings and weekends are also planned to a degree as for many of the apprentices it will be their first time away from home.

“We just get this batch settled in and the recruitment process for 2012 starts around about November. With HMS Sultan as a key part of the programme we are expecting a lot of applications.”