It’s time to start something amazing. If you’re looking to be part of a better energy future, this apprenticeship will give you the skills, confidence and qualifications to join our industry’s next generation.


  • At least five GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or above in Maths, English and at least two science subjects
  • You’ll also need a talent for practical subjects
  • Desire to learn and develop your skills
  • Willingness to relocate as required


4 years

Applications closed

This scheme is now closed and will reopen for applications on 1 November 2014.

More detail

Our Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship Scheme is a four-year programme which focuses on the skills required to maintain nuclear power stations as well as the attitudes and behaviours essential to the safe operation of our plants. Upon completion, you’ll be awarded an Advanced Modern Apprenticeship Certificate in Engineering, and you’ll also have attained a BTEC and an NVQ Level 3, with the option to progress onto HNC.

The programme runs for four years, the first two of which are based at the Royal Naval base at HMS Sultan near Portsmouth, Hampshire. During this time you’ll undergo training in academic and workshop environments to ensure you gain an excellent introduction to engineering and develop a strong skills foundation. Part of this programme also covers the development of life skills, like confidence and communication.

Where it could take you

“After my apprenticeship, there are many opportunities available for me there are many routes I can follow to develop my career, including further education.”

Amy Marchment, 1st Year Engineering Maintenance Apprentice

At the end of your apprenticeship the doors will open to the larger organisation. If you want to progress up the career ladder, you can take on people management responsibilities and develop into a maintenance team leader. Or you can choose the technical route and take your first steps towards becoming an engineer. And it doesn’t stop there. Both routes have masses of potential for you to branch out into different parts of the business. So you could become a manager at one of our Nuclear New Build sites, or one of the engineers helping to develop new technology. With hard work, there really are no limits to how far you can go – not just within EDF Energy, but within the worldwide EDF Group.

Watch video: EDF Apprenticeships - Nuclear Engineering Scheme

What it’s like

Hear first-hand from some of our first and second year apprentices and their teachers at HMS Sultan.

Watch video: EDF Energy Apprenticeships - Engineering Maintenance

Living at HMS Sultan, Portsmouth

Some of our first and second year apprentices and their teachers describe what it's like to be based away from home at HMS Sultan near Portsmouth.

Training and development

Years 1 and 2

Based at HMS Sultan, a Royal Naval base, you’ll have access to excellent training facilities as part of our academic and workshop training programme. It’s here that you’ll get your introduction to engineering and develop those key skills. Towards the end of Year 1 you will be streamed into a specific discipline - Mechanical, Electrical or Control and Instrumentation.

Years 3 and 4

You’ll return to your base location and join the Maintenance team at the nuclear power station you applied to around the UK. Here, you’ll work alongside and learn from fully qualified professionals, developing your knowledge and skills at the same time as completing your academic and vocational qualifications. You'll also have the support from a full time Station Apprentice Coordinator to offer guidance whilst you learn about working on a nuclear power station.

Upon completion of your apprenticeship, you’ll be awarded an Advanced Modern Apprenticeship Certificate of Engineering. By this point, you’ll also have gained an ONC equivalent BTEC Level 3 and an NVQ Level 3 as well as an excellent selection of practical skills. It’s everything you need to start your career and, if you excel, there may also be the option to progress onto an HNC.

At the end of the four-year programme, we expect you to be appointed to a Maintenance Technician role at your base power station. And while this will be subject to you completing the scheme to a satisfactory level, we know you have it in you to succeed.

What's in it for you?

As you learn and develop on the apprentice scheme, you’ll be taking home a salary which has the potential to grow as you gain more experience. Basic pay will range from approximately £9,865 in the first year and will increase each year up to approximately £18,623 by year four. In your first two years at HMS Sultan, we’ll also pay for your accommodation and meals, as well as a number of paid return journeys home.

You’ll receive plenty of holidays too – 23 days, plus bank holidays. And you’ll enjoy an impressive range of company benefits, just like the rest of the team.


If you think you have what it takes to help shape the future of low carbon energy, we’d love to hear from you when applications open in November 2014.

Applications closed

This scheme is now closed and will reopen for applications on 1 November 2014.