Two apprentices from Oban are kick starting their careers with Drax after the company extended its apprenticeship scheme to budding engineers across Scotland.
Drax is continuing its commitment to STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills by offering apprenticeships at its Cruachan pumped storage hydro power station, in Argyll and Bute, Galloway hydro power scheme and the Daldowie energy from waste plant, near Glasgow.
Iain Macpherson, aged 17, from Oban, has joined Drax’s Cruachan power station as a technical apprentice.
He said: “I have always been interested in engineering. Whilst I was at school I was fortunate enough to do work experience here at Cruachan Power Station. Since then, I knew engineering was for me. Drax is a brilliant company to work at, so becoming an apprentice was an opportunity not to be missed.”
Joshua Smith, aged 24, also from Oban, said of his new apprenticeship at Cruachan Power Station:
“An apprenticeship is a great way to learn, you get the chance to learn new, hands on skills. At college, you only learn the theoretical side, but doing this apprenticeship I’m learning so much more. Drax has great values and really cares about all of their employees.”
Both Iain and Joshua will be working at Cruachan once they have completed formal training at East Kilbride Group Training Association (EKGTA).
Drax’s apprenticeship scheme has been running for over 15 years at its North Yorkshire power station, and since it acquired a wider portfolio of flexible, low carbon and renewable generating assets, some of which are in Scotland, it has sought to extend the scheme to other locations.
Andy Koss, CEO Generation said:
“To be able to open up new opportunities for apprentices in Scotland is a really proud moment for us. It demonstrates our commitment to education and skills, as well as our dedication to our workforce and the future of these new Drax sites.
“The energy sector is experiencing unprecedented change with Drax right at the forefront of it. We’re going to continue to need talented, hard-working young people to help us deliver the changes needed to meet the UK’s net zero carbon ambitions. As we’ve seen with our apprentices elsewhere, supporting ambitious young people to develop their skills is critical to the ongoing success of our business.”
Drax’s technical apprenticeship scheme gives new recruits the opportunity to gain skills and expertise by working alongside highly qualified engineers. It is a four-year programme, and specialises in three engineering disciplines: Mechanical, Electrical and Control & Instrumentation.
Drax offers apprenticeships in business support areas too, such as Finance and Business Administration, as well as engineering. All opportunities are advertised on its website.
This year’s apprentices at Drax’s Scottish operations are:
- Danielle Nicholson (19) who will be working at Daldowie energy from waste plant, near Glasgow
- Gregor Fraser (19) who will be working at Daldowie energy from waste plant, near Glasgow
- Iain MacPherson (17) who will be working at Cruachan pumped hydro power station, Argyll and Bute
- Joshua Smith (24) who will be working at Cruachan pumped hydro power station, in Argyll and Bute
- Ryan Connelly (19) who will be working at Galloway hydro power scheme.
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- Drax has a longstanding commitment to STEM learning, with around 55,000 visits to Cruachan Power Station each year. Drax offers free educational tours, these range from primary school pupils to degree level students. All visits can be tailored to the level of the visiting school, college or university.
- It is also investing to help boost educational skills by working closely with local schools and colleges to encourage STEM learning.
- Drax’s power station in North Yorkshire recently announced it was hiring a record-number of new apprentices with thirteen joining the company.
- To find out more about working at Drax, go to https://www.drax.com/careers/
Drax Group’s ambition is to enable a zero carbon, lower cost energy future. Its 2,600-strong employees operate across three principal areas of activity – electricity generation, electricity sales to business customers and compressed wood pellet production.
Drax owns and operates a portfolio of flexible, low carbon and renewable electricity generation assets across Britain. The assets include the UK’s largest power station, based at Selby, North Yorkshire, which supplies five percent of the country’s electricity needs.
Having converted two thirds of Drax Power Station to use sustainable biomass instead of coal it has become the UK’s biggest renewable power generator and the largest decarbonisation project in Europe.
Its pumped storage, hydro and energy from waste assets in Scotland include Cruachan Power Station – a flexible pumped storage facility within the hollowed-out mountain Ben Cruachan. It also owns and operates four gas power stations in England.
Drax owns two B2B energy supply businesses:
- Haven Power, based in Ipswich, supplies electricity and energy services to large Industrial and Commercial sector businesses.
- Opus Energy, based in Oxford, Northampton and Cardiff, provides electricity, energy services and gas to small and medium sized (SME) businesses.
Drax owns and operates three pellet mills in the US South which manufacture compressed wood pellets (biomass) produced from sustainably managed working forests. These pellet mills supply around 20% of the biomass used by Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire to generate flexible, renewable power for the UK’s homes and businesses.
For more information visit www.drax.com