HUNDREDS of youngsters are expected to apply for around six positions on a power station’s apprentice scheme.
Hartlepool Power Station has started its search for the latest intake with a series of talks in local secondary schools.
The apprenticeship scheme will see youngsters taken on at each of EDF Energy’s eight sites across the United Kingdom next year.
In all about 70 apprentices, with around six from Hartlepool, will join the four-year scheme which for the first two years takes place at HMS Sultan training centre, in Portsmouth.
The apprentices then return for on-site training for the final two years.
Last year hundreds of town youngsters applied for the scheme with seven candidates eventually selected after a series of tests and interviews.
Nicola Spindloe, Hartlepool’s station apprentice co-ordinator, said: “We go into schools and talk to the pupils so that they understand a little more about the scheme especially as the first two years are away from home.”
“The quality of applications was very high and so that means the quality of our apprentices will be very high.
“As always we are looking for applications from a diverse range of people.”
Hartlepool station director Simon Parsons added: “We draw all our apprentices from the area local to the station.
“The quality of applications is always very high and so that means the quality of our apprentices will also be very high.”
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 which includes cultural visits to European cities.
Ms Spindloe 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.
“As we remind our apprentices as they start off, the majority of today’s executive team in the nuclear business started their working lives as apprentices.”
EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-sixth of the nation’s electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants.
The company supplies gas and electricity to more than 5.5 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.
Further information and application forms can be found at www.edfenergy.com/careers