Apprentice hunt hots up at Torness

EDF Energy and Torness power station’s hunt for their 2011 apprentices is hotting up, with more than 11 people chasing every place.

At the end of 2010, EDF Energy launched the search for tomorrow’s most talented engineers to join the company’s Advanced Nuclear Apprentice Scheme. Torness received 93 applications for its eight places in 2011 by the time the scheme closed in January.

The company is looking to recruit in the region of 80 people to join the apprenticeship programme. The lucky group that make it through to selection process will spend four years in training to attain an Advanced Modern Apprenticeship Certificate in Engineering and an ONC/HNC and also an NVQ Level 3.

The first two years of the programme will be spent at the Royal Naval base at HMS Sultan near Portsmouth, Hampshire. The academic and workshop training programme will ensure each apprentice gains the necessary introduction to engineering and initial skills development. Part of the programme also covers the development of ‘life skills’ and confidence and communication. The apprentices will also have the chance to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme to provide a further challenge and help them work together as a team.

Apprentice co-ordinator Faye Cook said: “We are delighted with the response this year, however we are not surprised. This is truly the opportunity of a lifetime. The workshop and classroom facilities at HMS Sultan are probably the best in Europe. That coupled together with the professionalism of the VT Flagship staff provide us with fantastic apprenticeship programme. The commitment from EDF and the apprentices is significant but rewarding for both. I see them develop over the years from young adults into mature responsible technicians who are a credit to themselves and the company.”

The recruitment process will continue over the coming weeks with the successful recruits being named in April.