Appprentice deadlines extended

Torness Power Station apprentice Stefany Chisholm (24), from Dunbar
Torness Power Station apprentice Stefany Chisholm (24), from Dunbar

Prospective apprentices have an extra week to sign up for a place on Torness power station’s training programme after the application deadline was extended to January 24.

EDF Energy is searching for 51 apprentices to join the company and six will be based at Torness.

The power station has a strong local recruitment record and the station draws most of its new apprentices from schools near the sites.

The site employs 525 staff and has 29 apprentices in the four-year training programme.

Gillian Farquar apprentice co-ordinator, said: “We have been in contact with the local schools and colleges to let them know about the scheme. We’ve also held a series of open days and the feedback has been very positive.”

The latest group of 50 apprentices were appointed during the summer. They spend their first two years at HMS Sultan, a training facility in Portsmouth, but kicked off their new careers with a team building week in the Lake District.

Gillian continued: “It’s important for us that the new apprentices’ parents are comfortable with the set up we have at HMS Sultan so after the final apprentices are chosen we take them to see the site first hand.”

EDF Energy’s apprentices also undertake an extensive life skills package along with some cultural visits to European cities.

After two years, the apprentices return to their home sites to complete their training.

The apprentice recruitment coincides with a national campaign to change teenage girls’ perceptions of science and inspire them to pursue science-based careers.

Although the company’s stations already have a number of successful female apprentices, EDF Energy wants to attract more.