Apprentices are being taken on by nuclear giant EDF Energy in a bid to address future skills shortages.
One recruit Shannon Cowe (26) from Dunbar, now in his third year with the company based at Torness Nuclear Power Station, was “delighted” when he was selected to train as an electrical maintenance technician.
He is now urging others to apply in the wake of National Apprentice Week.
Applications for the business scheme will open this spring until the end of April and engineering maintenance applications will be open on November 1 until the end of January, 2015.
Shannon, who was a kitchen fitter for five years, decided to apply after hearing about the apprenticeship scheme from a friend from Dunbar.
He spent the first two years at HMS Sultan, a naval base at Portsmouth, before returning to Torness for his on-the-job and practical training.
Shannon said: “It was really good. You make friends you would never have met and I keep in touch with people from all over the country.”
Ian Williams, the company’s apprentice manager, explained: “The energy industry offers a huge amount of job opportunities, however businesses can struggle to fill these positions due to a lack of skills required to fulfil these roles.
“The EDF Energy apprenticeship scheme helps address these future skills shortages by contributing to the highly skilled workforce required to operate and maintain our power stations. The people who join the scheme not only gain the skills and technical knowledge needed to work within the industry, but the attitude and behaviour too. We are looking for enthusiastic applicants with a genuine hunger for engineering.”
This year there are 50 places for the engineering maintenance apprenticeship which runs for four years and two for the two year business apprenticeship.
The business apprenticeship is based in the central engineering support centre in Barnwood near Gloucester.
Anyone interested should apply via the website at http://careers.edfenergy.com