We want to be recognised as a learning business and for employees to see EDF Energy as a great place to work.
From our point of view, it makes sound business sense to invest in your personal development. After all, the more valued and motivated you feel, the more talent and energy you’ll bring to satisfying EDF Energy customers.
To help you make the most of your talents, we have developed a mix of training programmes based on a range of learning methods, which cover every aspect of work-related (vocational) training to management and leadership development programmes.
Professional and technical training
We are one of the UK’s largest independent providers of specialist professional and technical training, providing City & Guilds and Gas Safety Register accredited training from our Customer Field Services Training Centre in Bexleyheath, south-east London and other locations throughout the UK.
Our training centres include nuclear power station control room simulators and offer purpose-built workshops where trainees can learn about control and instrumentation and receive electrical and mechanical training.
At the heart of our investment in training is a £3.5 million Nuclear Power Academy, opened in May 2008, as part of our commitment to creating world leading nuclear professionals and maintaining the technical capability of our workforce, while being an active part of the wider focus in the UK on the nuclear skills agenda and training for nuclear power.
We have developed a range of programmes to enable managers at varying levels to develop their skills and competencies. Employees have access to a suite of made-to-measure international programmes developed in conjunction with Cranfield School of Management, one of the world’s leading business schools. A wide range of management training modules is offered covering people, strategy, industry and organisational issues.
To further develop effective management and leadership skills to the international standard required of global energy executives, the company sponsors some of its managers on executive MBA programmes.
Our leadership development programme won a London regional award at the 2007 National Training Awards. It was designed in consultation with a wide range of managers from across the business and aims to enhance leadership skills across EDF Energy through a combination of assessment tools and workshop activities. It enables leaders within our business to reflect on their current leadership practices and consider a range of leadership styles, behaviours and associated tools and techniques.
Performance and development reviews
We believe that high-quality two-way communication between and individual and their manager is key to effective personal development. Our ‘Coaching for Performance’ process combines setting an individual’s annual performance objectives with a detailed development plan in which the employee’s skills, experiences and aspirations are discussed. Workshops are available for managers to enhance the quality of these development review discussions.
Personal development workshops
We run a range of workshops to help employees meet objectives highlighted in their performance and development reviews. These address skills such as effective assertiveness, negotiation, influencing, persuasion and interviewing.
Foreign language tuition
As EDF Energy is a subsidiary of EDF Group, employees who work on international projects are encouraged to get involved in sponsored foreign language tuition. We hope this tuition will facilitate better communication across the Group.
Financial support for education
We support employees who pursue education in their own time and will provide funding to cover tuition fees for suitable courses in both vocational and non-vocational subjects.
Our Learning and Education Assistance Programme aims to provide financial support to employees wishing to further their professional development, courses related to EDF Energy’s business.