EDF Energy is searching for 48 apprentices to join the company in 2016 and Heysham power stations are running an open day for those interested in applying for its 13 places.

The start of the apprentice recruitment coincides with a national campaign to change teenage girls’ perceptions of science and inspire them to consider pursuing science-based careers.

Heysham power stations have already appointed a number of successful female apprentices.

The stations, which take on 13 apprentices a year, are running an ‘open day’ at the Heysham Power Stations’ Visitor Centre on November 28 starting at 10.30am.

And the sites’ apprentice co-ordinator Kevin Demain is also visiting schools and colleges to talk to pupils about the programme.

Bethany Thomas, a former chemistry apprentice at Heysham 2 power station, said: “I visited my old secondary school a few months ago, to talk about my career working as a chemist.

“I was approached by a female student who said that she didn’t know whether to continue her studies in science or in the arts, as she was concerned that science may be ‘too difficult.’

“My advice was that science is definitely not out of anyone’s grasp. It’s amazing how much you can do when you get to grips with things. I never thought I’d be in the position I am now and I’m amazed with the things I’ve achieved.”

The latest group of 50 engineering apprentices were appointed during the summer and kicked off their new careers with EDF Energy with a team building week in the Lake District.

After the final apprentices were chosen the apprentices and their families were taken to see HMS Sultan – the Portsmouth-based training facility where the apprentices will spend their first two years.

“It’s important for us to ensure the new apprentices’ parents are comfortable with the set up we have at HMS Sultan and so we take them to see the site first hand,” Kevin said.

Away from the classroom the apprentices will enjoy excellent sports and leisure facilities under the watchful eye of the centre’s own team.

EDF Energy’s apprentices also undertake an extensive life skills package along with some cultural visits to European cities.

After two years, the apprentices return to their home sites to complete their apprenticeship on site.

* Applications for the apprentice programme opened on November 2 will be through the EDF Energy careers website: http://www.edfenergy.com/careers/

To book a place on the Apprentice Open Day contact Heysham Power Stations’ Visitor Centre on 01524 868451 heyshamvisitorcentre@edf-energy.com