A TEAM of new recruits have become the latest additions to the staff at Hartlepool’s nuclear power station.
After a gruelling recruitment drive, power station chiefs have unveiled the new apprentices who have started their new careers with EDF Energy.
All have been chosen to join Hartlepool’s team.
Nicola Spindloe, Hartlepool’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 seven were chosen the apprentices and their families were taken to see HMS Sultan – the Portsmouth-based training facility where the apprentices will spend their first two years,
Nicola said: “Many of our apprentices come from the local schools and it is 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.
Nicola added: “The life skills part of the scheme is very important to us .
“After that initial two years away we end up with some very mature individuals.”
Following that two year period, the apprentices will return to Hartlepool 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.
“This works well as this group will be spending the next two years together.”