Flagship inks training contract

British Energy has signed a £10m, seven-year partnership contract with Flagship Training to deliver its apprenticeship programme.

Flagship will create and deliver an advanced modern apprenticeship programme for British Energy, which runs eight nuclear power stations and one coal-fired power station across the UK.

From September 2008, Flagship, which is also the Royal Navy’s training partner, will train each new intake of apprentices at its academy, based in HMS Sultan, Gosport. The residential scheme will combine technical engineering training, with a comprehensive life skills programmes.

British Energy’s head of technical training David Barber said: ‘Through Flagship we can use the Royal Navy’s spare capacity. Ships’ propulsion units and generators are like self-contained power stations and submarines contain their own nuclear reactor. It provides the perfect training ground.’

Under the new contract, five annual intakes of apprentices will be trained at HMS Sultan and accommodated at nearby HMS Collingwood in Fareham. HMS Sultan is the largest of the Royal Navy’s training establishments and is devoted to engineering training excellence.