Apprentices turn back clock on sub
YOUNG EDF Energy apprentices were transported back 70 years when their newly-acquired engineering skills were put to the test on a Second World War submarine.
Around 65 apprentices who are training at HMS Sultan spent time on the HMS Alliance at the Submarine Museum in Gosport, Hampshire.
Barnwood-based EDF Energy is supporting the 2013 Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Challenge which now aims to secure 1,000 apprenticeships for young people in the county having smashed the earlier target of 500.
Apprenticeship Challenge is run by GFirst which drives Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership backed by Stroud Life, The Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo. The other campaign supporters are Gloucestershire College, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, Delphi and Gloucestershire Engineering Training Group.
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The EDF apprentices produced maintenance schedules and instructions plus health and safety regimes within the submarine.
The group then presented their findings to managers from their base locations and took them on guided tours of HMS Alliance.
Spending time at the museum is part of the apprentices' programme at HMS Sultan which aims to offer engineering skills and life experiences for the youngsters.
Some from the course represent HMS Sultan at European conferences and the apprentices visit EDF Energy stations in France to understand how different cultures operate nuclear stations.
Ian Williams, EDF Energy's fleet apprentice manager based at HMS Sultan, said: "The time spent working at the submarine museum gives our apprentices a chance to expand their horizons.
"They get to interview ex-submariners, examine a historic submarine and also experience the conditions the submariners would have to work and live in.
"This time with the Alliance can only help them get a broader understanding of engineering as well as health and safety challenges they had many years ago and what different approaches have to be made in modern day."
EDF Energy is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework.
The company has around 100 engineering apprentices spending two years at the world class HMS Sultan training centre, with another 100 back at their respective sites for the final two years.
Recruitment for EDF Energy's apprentices starts in autumn.
For details of its engineering apprenticeships log on to www.edfenergy.com/careers.