Four former Torness apprentices have been told the sky is the limit for them, as they prepare to embark on successful nuclear careers.
Andrew Tait, Kyle Donnellan, Craig Finlay and Callum Miller made the trip to the International Motorcycle Museum in Coventry, together with colleagues from EDF Energy’s seven other power stations, to receive a graduation certificate from Dr Andy Spurr, managing director of EDF Energy’s Nuclear Generation Business.
Dr Spurr said: “I know how much work these guys have put in over the last four years to get to where they are today, so I was determined that we should properly mark their achievement with our own ‘graduation’ ceremony. It was also very pleasing to see so many family members here to share the day with them.
“I have told them that there are no limits on what they can now achieve in EDF Energy. I pointed out that five members of my executive team started out as apprentices. So they really can take advantage of the full range of jobs within the company, all of them valuable in delivering safe, secure and affordable low carbon electricity.
“They should be very proud of their achievement and I wish each and every one of them the best in their careers with EDF Energy.”
All 43 have successfully completed a four year apprenticeship and will now take up permanent jobs in a range of disciplines including mechanical or control and instrumentation technicians.
Callum Miller will now be taking up the post of control and instrumentation technician at Torness.
He said: “My Dad was really pleased to have been invited and enjoyed the day, it made it really special.
“It was a good end to four years of hard work - I couldn’t have asked for more.”
EDF Energy runs a very successful advanced nuclear apprenticeship scheme, and is holding an information day to tell prospective recruits more about it.
The event will be held at Torness on Saturday, November 26, from 11am to 1.30pm
Station director Paul Winkle says: “We are all very proud of what we do here at the power station, both locally in offering jobs and nationally by producing a large percentage of the nation’s low carbon electricity demands. This day will give us a chance to share this enthusiasm with those wishing to apply to join our apprenticeship scheme in 2012.”
If you would like to come along to the information day, please call Ashleigh Dickson on 01368 873 847. Please note, this is an information session and there will not be a tour of the station.
EDF Energy will be recruiting a new group of apprentices to join the company’s Advanced Nuclear Apprentice Scheme in 2012.