Budding engineers wanted at Cruachan power station

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Drax wants to hear from budding engineers in the Argyll and Bute area interested in a vacancy for an apprentice engineer role at the Cruachan power station.

The UK’s biggest renewable power generator acquired a portfolio of assets in Scotland at the beginning of this year and has reinstated an apprenticeship scheme as part of its efforts to support education and learning and encourage science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.

Drax is appointing five apprentice engineers at its Scottish sites, including one at Cruachan.

This is the final call for applicants to get in touch for the role at the pumped storage hydro power station, also known as the Hollow Mountain, as a result of the feat of engineering required to bury its turbines within the stunning Ben Cruachan.

Andy Koss, CEO Generation, said: ‘At our power station in Selby, North Yorkshire, we understand that attracting ambitious apprentices to learn from our world class engineers is helping us to retain and develop a skilled workforce for the future. And we want to do the same at our Scottish sites – including at Cruachan.

‘The opportunity at Cruachan really is a plum role – the successful candidate will get to work with a fantastic team of engineers on some exciting engineering challenges at what is one of the most fascinating power stations in the world. I encourage anyone thinking about a career in engineering to get in touch.’

Drax’s apprenticeship scheme has been running for 15 years at the Selby plant, but, since the acquisition of a portfolio of thermal and hydro assets, it has started to expand the scheme across the other sites including at Cruachan.

Mr Koss added: ‘Ever since we started our apprenticeship programme 15 years ago, we’ve seen the value that these ambitious young people bring to our business.

‘We’re excited to now be recruiting apprentices across our expanded portfolio, including at Cruachan which plays a critical role in not only our business but also across the wider electricity system.

‘We’ll continue to support young people from our local communities to help build a sustainable workforce with the right skills at all levels.’

The Drax apprenticeship training scheme is a four-year programme, and specialises in three engineering disciplines: mechanical, electrical, and control and instrumentation.