Torness apprentices use their skills to step back in time

EDF ENERGY SUBMARINE MUSEUM'Edf apprentice submarine project 2013.'RN Submarine Museum, Gosport,Hants.''The team from Torness.
EDF ENERGY SUBMARINE MUSEUM'Edf apprentice submarine project 2013.'RN Submarine Museum, Gosport,Hants.''The team from Torness.

Apprentices from Torness Nuclear Power Station were transported back 70 years when their newly acquired engineering skills were put to the test on a Second World War submarine.

The team of seven joined 65 other EDF Energy recruits who are undergoing training by the company at the naval centre HMS Sultan at Gosport in Hampshire.

They spent time on HMS Alliance, which is sited at the Submarine Museum, producing maintenance schedules and instructions, and also health and safety regimes in the submarine.

The apprentices then presented their findings to managers from their base locations and also took them on guided tours of the Alliance.

Dominic Blythe, apprentice co-ordinator at Torness, said: “The day was brilliant. We heard the apprentices talk with passion and enthusiasm about their work on the Alliance.

“I am extremely proud of the team especially as five out of the seven Torness apprentices were in leadership roles.

“And we also saw the submarine at very close quarters which brought home the difficult conditions the submariners had to endure while also fighting a war.

“I am really looking forward to getting them back on site in the summer and seeing them develop as part of our station team.”

Ian Williams, EDF Energy’s fleet apprentice manager, who is based at HMS Sultan, added: “The time spent working at the submarine museum gives our apprentices a chance to expand their horizons.

“They get to interview ex-submariners, examine an historic submarine and also experience the conditions the submariners would have to work and live in.

“This time with the Alliance can only help them get a broader understanding of engineering as well as health and safety challenges they had many years ago and what different approaches have to be made in modern day.”

The EDF Energy apprentices, who are drawn from across the company’s site, spend the first two years of a four-year programme at HMS Sultan.