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ENGINEERS looking to energise their careers are the focus of a new recruitment campaign being unveiled by British Energy, part of Hartlepool Power Station owner EDF.

A new website launching the Nuclear Engineer Development Programme is hoping to attract the cream of the UK's engineering and science talent by showcasing the exciting new opportunities offered by the nuclear industry today, and as it looks towards the next generation of power stations in Britain.

In the first wave of the campaign, the UK's largest producer of electricity is hoping to recruit 25 skilled engineers annually, beginning this year, in addition to its existing recruitment programme.

The campaign is aimed at engineers and scientists, men and women of all ages, looking to build on their skills and experience within the nuclear sector or those working in other industries who wish to transfer to take advantage of the many varied opportunities offered by the nuclear industry.

Recruits will undertake a flexible training programme for up to two years, which will include a balance of training, mentoring and working on current nuclear stations. Training will also take place at the company's facilities in its Gloucester-based Nuclear Power Academy.

The programme could involve work on critical engineering projects within the existing fleet of AGR power stations, ensuring we continue to have qualified and experienced people throughout the lifetime of the plants.

Engineers could also find themselves working on the Sizewell B pressurised water reactor plant where they would develop knowledge and skills useful on the EPR's which EDF Energy plans to build at Hinkley in Somerset and Sizewell in Suffolk.

Andy Spurr, managing director for Existing Nuclear within the newly combined company, said: "We want to increase our skills pipeline to support the existing nuclear fleet which currently generates around a sixth of the UK's electricity, as well as supporting the plans for nuclear new build. As a company, we can provide a unique range of opportunities for our existing workforce and those who join us.

"This is also a fantastic opportunity for engineers who work in other industries to be part of one of the country's most exciting and important developments which will help ensure we all continue to benefit from a low carbon, affordable and secure electricity future."

Eva Eisenschimmel, EDF Energy's chief officer, people, organisation and brand performance, added: "Particularly in these difficult economic times, the job opportunities created by EDF Energy's existing nuclear fleet and its plans for the future are truly exciting.

"As part of EDF, the world's largest and most experienced nuclear power generator, there can be few better places for engineers to develop their careers.

"As part of our Nuclear Engineer Development Programme engineers will play a central role in delivering safe, reliable, low carbon energy, now and in the future.

"There is already a wealth of engineering talent and substantial nuclear expertise in support of current nuclear power activities in the UK. We aim to build on this to ensure we maintain that level of expertise and to meet the demands of a new build programme so vital to ensuring future energy supplies."

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Sep 9, 2009
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