Hartlepool power station helping pupils power ahead

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POWER station chiefs will throw open their doors to people interested in a career in the nuclear industry.

Potential apprentices are being offered the chance to have a look around Hartlepool power station’s new visitor centre to find out more about the facility and the highly regarded apprentice programme.

The “open days” will be held at the visitor centre on January 11 and 12, starting at 10am or 1pm and will last around two hours.

Station director Simon Parsons said: “This is the perfect opportunity for anyone who may be thinking about applying for the apprenticeship scheme to find out more.

“We will have staff on hand to talk about the four-year programme, answer questions, and if people are interested they can have a look around our new interactive visitor centre or book in for a future tour of the site.”

The apprenticeship programme will see youngsters join the scheme which, for the first two years, takes place at HMS Sultan – a world-class training centre in Portsmouth.

This year the site is taking on six apprentices who return for on-site training for the final two years of the programme.

Anyone from Year 11 upwards can apply, with the minimum entry being five GCSEs at grade C or above with maths, English and two science subjects being mandatory. Nicola Spindloe, Hartlepool station apprentice co-ordinator, said: “We do go into schools and talk to the pupils, but these open days will offer everyone a chance to find out more.” To book a place contact Nicola on (01429) 853480 between 9am and 4pm or email nicola.spindloe@edf-energy.com