Torness powers up search for ‘The Apprentice’

Forget working for Sir Alan Sugar, EDF Energy and Torness power station has launched the search for tomorrow’s most talented engineers to join the company’s Advanced Nuclear Apprentice Scheme.

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. Torness will be recruiting eight apprentices in 2011.

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.

Lewis Paulin from, Eyemouth is a Torness apprentice who trained at the VT Flagship Engineering Academy in HMS Sultan, and has now returned to Torness Power Station for the remaining two years of his apprenticeship.

Speaking about the apprenticeship Lewis said: “The nuclear industry is an exciting place to be and with the prospect of new build I feel I have joined a company with a real future.”

He added: “The advanced nuclear apprentice scheme is a brilliant opportunity to begin a career in EDF Energy and the nuclear industry. This apprenticeship I found offers so much more than any other and is much more beneficial. Moving from home at first was challenging but I soon got used to it. HMS Collingwood and the local area has so much to offer to keep you busy at weekends you really weren’t lost for ideas. I am now a third year electrical apprentice and enjoying working at the station.”

Whilst at HMS Sultan the apprentices will receive support from a dedicated development team and a 24 hour residential care team. They will also have access to leisure facilities that offer a fantastic opportunity to experience a wide range of sport activities or to study, relax and unwind in the evening and at the weekends.

A full time EDF Energy apprentice manager is also on hand to deal with any day to day issues and to support the apprentices throughout their first two years of training. All meals and accommodation are provided during the first two years, along with a number of paid journeys home.

Apprentice co-ordinator at Torness, Faye Cook said: “We are certainly seeing the advantages of our apprentices attending HM Sultan. They are more switched on to our company values, towards safety and human performance, and, have a more rounded approach to their training.”

Candidates should have five Standard Grades (or equivalent) at grade C or above (including maths, English and a science).