Author: Emily at the Pod
AN INNOVATIVE scheme backed by EDF Energy to help youngsters
land prestigious engineering apprenticeships is being trialled at
three locations in the UK, including Lancaster and Morecambe
The new Access to Apprenticeship course starts in September and
is partnership between EDF Energy and the college.
Two other schemes will be running at colleges in Bridgwater and
Gloucester and if they prove successful the courses could become
part of the colleges' regular curriculum.
Kevin Demain, Heysham Power Stations' apprentice training and
recruitment co-ordinator said: "During the recent recruitment round
for our own apprenticeship scheme we received 360 applications for
13 roles so there is a demand.
"This pilot scheme will give youngsters, both female and male,
who may be very good with their hands but perhaps don't have the
right academic qualifications a chance to get the qualifications
they need to apply for an apprenticeship via a different but
"And then they can apply to EDF Energy and any other firm which
has an engineering apprentice scheme."
The year-long course will take on up to 18 people, and give them
a grounding in engineering skills, boost their maths, English and
science knowledge but also, with support from Heysham power
stations' own team, offer them help with job applications and
interview skills as well as their personal development
They will be taken to see the EDF Energy apprentice training
facility at HMS Sultan, in Portsmouth, and get to meet senior
managers and key people in EDF Energy who will be guest speakers
throughout the programme.
David Wood, Principal and Chief Executive of Lancaster &
Morecambe College, which is already training 2000 apprentices,
said: "We are delighted to be working with EDF Energy on this
innovative employer-led programme.
"As a college we are constantly developing our offer to respond
to the local job market; engineering is a growing sector locally
and we are supporting young people from the area to access these
"Working closely with employers such as EDF Energy means that
the courses we develop are led by the industry and increase our
students' chance in a challenging job market.
"This new course is all about getting young people into work and
supporting the local economy.'
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