Apprentices will stay at naval base

DEAL Babcock's education and training business managing director Austin Lewis, left, and EDF Energy nuclear generation managing director Andy Spurr, with apprentices, from left, Robert Mechie, Kate Welford, Harry Wallbank, and Bradley Holman. Picture: Steve Reid/Blitz Photography
DEAL Babcock's education and training business managing director Austin Lewis, left, and EDF Energy nuclear generation managing director Andy Spurr, with apprentices, from left, Robert Mechie, Kate Welford, Harry Wallbank, and Bradley Holman. Picture: Steve Reid/Blitz Photography
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AN ENERGY company will continue its partnership with an engineering support service.

Babcock International has signed a deal with EDF Energy to continue running the apprenticeship scheme at HMS Sultan, in Gosport.

The naval base houses EDF Energy’s apprenticeship training scheme and will continue to do so with the new deal.

It has been running for the past five years and is one of the largest dedicated engineering training facilities in Europe.

Andy Spurr, managing director of EDF Energy’s nuclear generation, said: ‘We have been working with Babcock International since 2008.

‘They have proved to be a great partner and together we have seen the programme develop.

‘But we’re always seeking to improve the programme and some of those changes are now embedded in this new contract.’

The training facilities are run by Babcock International on behalf of EDF Energy.

Steve Naylor, EDF Energy training manager, said: ‘Apprentices, who spend two years at the site, want more hands-on experience and many also want the opportunity to develop what we call “life skills” during their time at HMS Sultan.’

After two years the apprentices return to their base station, one of eight around the UK, to complete their four-year training programme.

Steve added: ‘Having our contract partners involved really shows that we are one company with one set of standards and expectations.’