EDF Energy is a core part of the EDF Group, one of the largest energy companies in Europe with key business operations in the UK, France, Italy, Belgium and Poland. We are the UK's leading generator and supplier of low carbon energy, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity and employing more than 15,000 people. We operate nuclear, coal and gas power stations, wind farms, and combined heat & power plants. We have a focus on safe, dependable energy generation and an ethos of service excellence. We intend to play a leading role in new nuclear build in the UK and secure a bright future for the combined business and its employees.
Generating electricity is a huge responsibility, which is why we want experienced engineers to help us deliver this. From nuclear power stations to coal, gas and renewables, our work extends to the full energy mix. The roles we offer within each of those areas are every bit as diverse. At EDF Energy, we're on a journey to change the way people use energy for generations to come. Producing low carbon energy is what we do best. And right now, our eight existing nuclear sites generate 9,000 megawatts per year through various reactors, avoiding emissions of over 40m tonnes of carbon dioxide. That's the equivalent of taking about 60% of cars off our roads. Our thermal generation assets are our Cottam and West Burton stations. With almost 45 years of generation, our coal stations still have an important role to play - together with our new Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) and Gas Storage Plants supporting an affordable and secure supply of electricity as the UK transitions to a low carbon economy. Our plan now is to secure strategic flexibility and maximise the long-term value of thermal energy within the EDF Energy portfolio.
We currently have a number of Business Apprenticeship vacancies within Nuclear Generation based at our office in Barnwood, Gloucester and also for the first time this year at 2 of our Power Stations - Hartlepool (Teesside) and Hinkley Point B (Somerset). Supporting the operation of EDF Energy's existing fleet of nuclear power stations poses many unique engineering and commercial challenges. With an annual spend of over £600m the EDF Energy Central Technical Organisation is at the core of ensuring that the power stations can operate safely and that the commercial arrangements which underpin the operation deliver value for the organisation.
Our Business Apprenticeships focus on the commercial and non-technical aspects of our support to operational sites. Successfully complete your Advanced Apprenticeship and you'll gain formal qualifications within a relevant apprenticeship framework. But it's not all certificates and classroom learning. You'll also be given extensive internal training, including a full company induction, training courses that cover the principles of Nuclear Generation and introductions to the nuclear industry. All of which is in addition to any job-specific training you need to shine in your department. This Business Apprenticeship is the first step in development of a career within EDF Energy. At the end of the scheme, you'll have strong business skills behind you, a wealth of opportunities ahead, not to mention all the support you may need in achieving the skills and qualifications required in your future career.
Skills and qualifications required for this apprenticeship are dependent on the role you choose to apply for. Please refer to the individual opportunities for further details.