Teamwork is key for Hartlepool power station recruits

Apprentices Thomas Ward, Matthew Worton, Reece Lamb, Andrew Davies, Luke Jones and Lewis Hubbert.

Apprentices Thomas Ward, Matthew Worton, Reece Lamb, Andrew Davies, Luke Jones and Lewis Hubbert.

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Hartlepool power station’s new apprentices have started their EDF Energy careers.

And they did it by getting involved in team building.

The six apprentices joined the 50 others who have been appointed at EDF Energy’s other UK sites. They all kicked off with a team building week which was held in the Lake District - the culmination of a gruelling recruitment process which started last autumn when hundreds of applications came in.

Nicola Spindloe, apprentice training co-ordinator, said: “We spend the autumn going into schools and colleges talking about the apprenticeship scheme and encouraging applications.

“Spending their first week in the Lakes is always good fun and allows them to form friendship bonds which will only develop while they are away in Portsmouth.”

After the final six were chosen earlier this year 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 added: “It’s important for us to ensure the parents and guardians 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.

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