Contract: Fixed Term - 4 years
Salary: £11,551 per annum
Employer: EDF Energy
Closing Date: Sunday 5 January 2020
This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the largest energy companies in Europe and learn the skills required to maintain our power stations. You will be based at Torness Power Station in Dunbar.
EDF Energy is a core part of the EDF Group and is one of the largest energy companies in Europe with key business operations in France, the UK, Germany and Italy. In the UK we have approximately 15,000 employees. We are the UK’s leading generator and supplier of low carbon energy. We produce about one-fifth of the nation’s electricity from our nuclear, coal and gas power stations, wind farms, and combined heat and power plants. We have a focus on safe, dependable energy generation and an ethos of service excellence. We intend to play a leading role in new nuclear build in the UK and secure a ‘bright’ future for the combined business and its employees.
You will be based at Torness Power Station in Dunbar.
What might a day look like in this job?
The programme runs for four years, the first two of which are based at the National College for Nuclear, delivered through Bridgwater and Taunton College, Somerset. During this time you’ll undergo training in academic and workshop environments to ensure you gain an excellent introduction to engineering and develop a strong skills foundation. Part of this programme also covers the development of life skills, like confidence and communication.
Before you head down to the National College for Nuclear, you'll have a week of team building, which will allow you to get to know the other apprentices and meet the people you'll be living and working with. The National College for Nuclear is designed for the needs of today's students. As well as state of the art training technology, there's a fully equipped restauarant area and communal spaces, including sports facilities. All meals and accommodation are provided during this time, along with a number of paid journeys home.
Years One and Two: Based at the National College for Nuclear Southern Hub, Somerset, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art nuclear training facilities including: a virtual reality environment; a reactor simulator; computer-equipped training rooms; recreation and collaboration spaces; sports facilities and student accommodation. It’s here that you’ll get your introduction to engineering and develop those key skills. Towards the end of Year 1 you will be streamed into a specific discipline - Mechanical, Electrical or Control and Instrumentation.
Years Three and Four: You’ll return to your base location and join the Maintenance team at Torness. Here, you’ll work alongside and learn from fully qualified professionals, developing your knowledge and skills at the same time as completing your academic and vocational qualifications. You'll also have the support from a full time Station Apprentice Coordinator to offer guidance whilst you learn about working on a power station.
What will I learn?
The Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship Scheme is a four-year programme that focuses on skills required to maintain our power stations. As well as the technical side, we’ll help you develop the attitudes and behaviours essential to the safe operation of our power stations. Upon completion of your apprenticeship, you’ll be awarded a Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Certificate. By this point, you’ll also have gained a BTEC Level 3 as well as an excellent selection of practical skills. It’s everything you need to start your career and, if you excel, there may also be the option to progress onto further education such as a HNC. At the end of the four years, and as long as you fulfil all the requirements of the programme, we expect you to be appointed to a full time role within the organisation.
What Qualifications / Qualities are required?