Chamber Chat - Energy, the forefront of innovation

November 05, 2019 - 12:00pm

Chamber Chat - Energy, the forefront of innovation

Mark Lees, station director EDF Heysham 2 power station

Seeing the energy and hearing the exciting ideas from the younger members of our team here at Heysham reminds me of what a vibrant, innovative industry this really is.

They are just starting out on what promises to be an exciting and enthralling career with EDF Energy hopefully here at Heysham - but there will be opportunities for them further afield both in the UK and even abroad.

I had the pleasure of seeing the latest fourth-year apprentices at their graduation ceremony a couple of weeks ago. It reminded me of my first steps into the industry when I joined as an apprentice at 17.

Proud parents also saw their children pick up graduation certificates from Brian Cowell, EDF Energy’s managing director at EDF Energy.

At Heysham 2, we were delighted that our own Sasha Merrick won the company’s overall apprentice of the year. Heysham 1’s Jack Sharples won the ‘community engagement’ award, which shows the calibre of our young people here.

Sasha, Jack and all our former apprentices have a bright future ahead of them as they hone their skills on site, and I am looking forward to welcoming the next intake of apprentices who will join us in the summer of 2020.

The 2020 apprentice scheme has just opened and I would encourage anyone with an interest in engineering, science and technology to apply for one of the positions.

We are already at careers fairs at schools and colleges as we ensure that our local talented youngsters know there is a potential for them to join us here at Heysham.

2020’s apprentices will train at the company’s state of the art facilities in Bridgwater, which is next to the massive Hinkley Point C new build project in Somerset.

And I look forward to seeing them at their graduation ceremony in the future.