[UNITED KINGDOM] Apprentices at British Energy anchored to Royal Navy. HMS Sultan Helps

British Energy has agreed a £10m deal that will see its apprentices learn their trade at a Royal Navy training centre.

The contract will mean the UK's largest electricity supplier will send 50 of its apprentices to HMS Sultan in Gosport, Hampshire, every year to learn from the Navy's expertise in engineering, including in relation to nuclear submarines.

"Ships' propulsion units and generators are like self-contained power stations, and submarines contain their own nuclear reactor," David Barber, British Energy's head of technical training said. "It provides the perfect training ground." British Energy runs eight nuclear power stations and one coal-fired power station in the UK.

The use of the Navy facilities is being provided through Flagship, the Royal Navy's partner. The training company is a joint venture between BAE Systems and VT Group. The Navy has spare capacity at its training centre, the centre having been constructed at time when the Navy's needs were greater than they are now. The deal is similar to a contract signed between Flagship and Network Rail to train the 250 apprentices the rail infrastructure operator takes on every year.

Five annual intakes of BE apprentices will be trained at HMS Sultan and accommodated at nearby HMS Collingwood.
UNITED KINGDOM: Apprentices at British Energy anchored to Royal Navy. HMS Sultan Helps

Source: The Telegraph|By Alex Hawkes

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