The new generation of apprentices at Torness Power Station started their careers with EDF Energy with a trip to the Lake District.
James McFarlane (18) from Foulden, Grant Hoddinott (18) from Duns, Rhys Demainczuk (21) from Dunbar, Grant Shiells (21) from Edinburgh, Stewart Battison (22) from Coldingham and Greg Ferguson (17) from Musselburgh met up with other apprentices from EDF Energy’s sites across the UK for an outward bound week in Ullswater.
The team building week was the culmination of a recruitment process which started last autumn.
Hundreds of application forms were submitted and after a round of interviews and assessments 48 were selected to join stations across the EDF Energy fleet.
Station director, Paul Winkle, said: “Our new recruits had a great time during their outward bound week, meeting the people they are going to be living and working with for the next two years. Now they are all eager to take on the new and exciting challenges their training will present.”
After the outward bound week the apprentices travelled to HMS Sultan near Portsmouth where they will spend the first two years of their apprenticeship. They will undergo training in academic and workshop environments, gaining an excellent introduction to engineering and developing a strong skills foundation.
Apprentice co-ordinator, Gillian Farquhar, said: “For most of our apprentices this is the first time they have lived away from home so part of the programme covers the development of life skills, like confidence and communication.”
The apprentices will spend four years in training to attain an Advanced Modern Apprenticeship Certificate in Engineering, a BTEC Level 3 (ONC equivalent) and also an NVQ Level 3, the final two years of training spent back on site at Torness.
Applications for the apprentice programme will open in the November through the EDF Energy careers website.