Hartlepool nuclear power station opens doors to would-be apprentices

Hartlepool nuclear power station director Simon Parsons
Hartlepool nuclear power station director Simon Parsons

WOULD-BE engineers can find out about apprentice opportunities at Hartlepool power station at the site’s recruitment open days.

The two-day event will be held on Saturday, January 10, and Sunday, January 11.

It will have two sessions a day, and they will start at 9.45am and 1pm.

Power station organisers say it will give everyone who is interested in the apprentice scheme a chance to find out more.

The scheme opened for applications in November and closes in the middle of next month, with all applications made through the EDF Energy website. The four-year training programme starts in September 2015.

Hartlepool power station currently employs around 25 apprentices, and will be looking to take on around six more.

The open day will give those interested in applying a chance to meet Nicola Spindloe, the station’s apprentice co-ordinator, as well as meeting current apprentices.

Nicola said: “In the current climate, an apprenticeship offers a real alternative to going to university and so we are getting more and more applications from those who have done A-levels.

“The apprenticeship scheme is very highly regarded and there really is no limit to where our apprentices could go in terms of a career within EDF Energy.”

Around 20 per cent of the 2014 apprentice intake were female, but EDF Energy is keen is increase that number.

The four-year scheme starts with two years at the highly-regarded training facility at HMS Sultan, after which the apprentices return to Hartlepool for the final two years of their training.

Simon Parsons, Hartlepool power station’s director, said: “Having our team there on the day will give people a chance to find out about the scheme.

“I have seen how well the apprentices do here on site when we get them back from their first two years at the training centre at HMS Sultan.

“Many move on to become team leaders, but can really go as far they want. Many members of EDF Energy’s executive team started with the company as apprentices.”

People can book a place on the open day by contacting Nicola at nicola.spindloe@edf-energy.com or on (01429) 85340 or Louise Corser at louise-corser@edf-energy, or on (01429) 853582.