Hartlepool nuclear plant staff scoop prestigious awards

WINNERS: Adam Johnstone and John Flint receive their EDF awards
WINNERS: Adam Johnstone and John Flint receive their EDF awards

TWO power station workers have scooped prestigious awards.

Hartlepool power station’s Adam Johnstone took centre stage at the EDF Energy’s apprentice graduation ceremony.

He won the ‘going the extra mile’ award while colleague John Flint lifted the apprentice of the year award.

Adam was praised for his professionalism, leadership skills and also his attitude while at the apprentice training base at HMS Sultan.

Adam said: “I was really proud to get the award, it was nice to have been noticed and to know that I have made my mark.

“I joined the apprentice scheme in 2010 and since then I haven’t looked back. I had a great time at HMS Sultan for the first two years and also for last two years when I have been on site.

“The whole experience of the scheme really helps you mature and develop skills in a special and unique industry.

“I would recommend this scheme to anyone, the training is first class and the career prospects are great.”

John won the apprentice of the year award and said: “It was great to get this trophy. I have had a great time on the apprentice scheme, I have learned lots and also made some very close friends.

“The apprentice scheme is a great opportunity for anyone with an interest in engineering, you can go far with EDF Energy once you have completed your four years of training.”

EDF Energy’s managing director of generation Stuart Crooks presented the awards.

David Akers, EDF Energy’s human resources director, said: “Getting young people interested in science and engineering careers is very important to us as it provides our future workforce. The graduation ceremony is the end of four years’ hard work and all those who have completed the scheme have been offered jobs with EDF Energy.”

David said: “Our apprentice programme produces a team of highly motivated people for our business, they learn the skills to take us forward and play a hugely important part in helping us continue to deliver safe, reliable electricity.

“As we remind our apprentices, the majority of today’s executive team started their working lives as apprentices so the sky really is the limit.”

The scheme is open to anyone from Year 11 upwards, with the minimum five GCSEs at grade C and above with maths, English and two science subjects mandatory.