Heysham power stations have appointed 14 apprentices from seven local schools in the area.
The new group of 14 apprentices have been drawn from Heysham High, Morecambe High, Our Lady’s, Ripley St Thomas, Lancaster Girls Grammar, Carnforth High, and Dallam.
The latest group were appointed during the summer and kicked off their new careers with EDF Energy with a team building week in the Lake District.
There they joined with the company’s 59 other apprentices who are linked to EDF Energy’s other nuclear sites.
The Lakes’ week was the culmination of a gruelling recruitment process which started last autumn when around 400 applications came in for the positions, after tests and interviews the apprentices were finally chosen to join the Heysham 1 and 2 teams.
Kevin Demain, Heysham’s apprentice training co-ordinator, said: “The quality of applications was very high and so that means the quality of our apprentices will also be very high.”
After the final 14 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.”
Applications for the apprentice programme will open in November and will be through the EDF Energy careers website at http://www.edfenergy.com/careers.