Building Hinkley Point C project will create 1000 apprenticeships during its construction, EDF Energy’s chief executive Vincent de Rivaz told an audience of graduating EDF Energy apprentices and their families.
He also said the company was committed to playing its part in filling the UK’s skills gap and innovating in its approach towards apprenticeships.
“Over the coming years demand for engineering and technology skills is expected to remain high. EDF Energy is very pleased to be part of the solution. We are committed to being a force for good, which means thinking big and thinking long-term. We expect to recruit thousands of talented employees and have developed a skills pipeline to ensure we have the right people in the right place at the right time.”
“Apprenticeship is a way to bring the future into the present, and a way for us to celebrate innovation. At EDF Energy we are committed to innovating in our approach towards apprenticeships to take account of the aspirations of a new generation, the way society evolves and the digital transformation.”
Vincent de Rivaz also told the ceremony that EDF Energy aimed to increase its proportion of women STEM apprentices and graduates to 30% of new starters in 2018. This year’s female intake in the apprentice scheme was 22% against a national average for engineering apprentices of just 3.4%.
At the ceremony in Droitwich each of EDF Energy’s 61 final-year engineering apprentices, along with two business apprentices, received graduation certificates from Stuart Crooks, EDF Energy’s Managing Director of Generation.
Stuart also awarded the apprentice of the year trophy, this year it went to Joe Dickinson, 22, from Heysham 1 power station in Lancashire
Stuart said: “Since 2008, 484 apprentices have entered the scheme, 232 of which now have full time positions within the company, with the rest still going through their four-year training programme.
“And what a time it is to be starting out with a career in the energy industry. Not only do we have the challenge of building our new nuclear stations, firstly at Hinkley Point and subsequently Sizewell, but we also have to tackle the question of what takes the place of our existing generation.
“We are already exploring new possibilities and technologies, developing strategies that will take us into the next half of the century as a key player in the UK energy industry.”
In November EDF Energy’s sites will be launching the search for their 2017 apprentices. The training scheme starts with two years at the world-renowned training base at HMS Sultan near Portsmouth.
The apprentices then spend the final two years at their home bases where they get valuable on the job training.
The scheme is open to anyone from year 11 upwards, with the minimum entry of five GCSEs at grade C and above with maths, English and two science subjects mandatory.
Further information and application forms can be found at www.edfenergy.com/careers.