New careers for apprentices

Heysham power stations' new apprentices: back row: Sean Macur, James Case, Jack Friel, Shane Slater, Reece Davison, Ryan Halpin, Chris Horner. Front row: Nikolia Onovski, Rebecca Gray, Joe Dickinson, Amy Marchment, Keiran Richardson, Joe Macari.
Heysham power stations' new apprentices: back row: Sean Macur, James Case, Jack Friel, Shane Slater, Reece Davison, Ryan Halpin, Chris Horner. Front row: Nikolia Onovski, Rebecca Gray, Joe Dickinson, Amy Marchment, Keiran Richardson, Joe Macari.

Heysham power stations’ new apprentices are heading off to Portsmouth to start their new careers with EDF Energy.

After a gruelling recruitment process 13 apprentices were finally chosen to join the Heysham 1 and 2 teams.

Kevin Demain, Heysham’s apprentice training co-ordinator, said: “The quality of application was very high and so that means the quality of our apprentices will also be very high.”

After the final 13 were chosen the apprentices and their families were taken to see HMS Sultan – the Portsmouth-based training facility were the apprentices will spend their first two years,

Kevin said: “Many of our apprentices come from the local schools and it’s important for us to ensure the parents are comfortable with the set up at HMS Sultan and so we take them to see the site first hand.”

Away from the classroom the apprentices will enjoy excellent sports and leisure facilities under the watchful eye of the centre’s own team.

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

Kevin added: “The life skills part of the scheme is very important to us and after that initial two years away we end up with some very mature individuals.”

After two years, the apprentices return to Heysham to complete their apprenticeship on site.

“As a kick start to the apprenticeship we take all of EDF Energy’s first year apprentices to the Lake District for a team-building week and this works well as this group will be spending the next two years together.”