Overview

Hinkley Point C (HPC) will be the first in a new generation of nuclear power stations in the UK. Construction and all supporting activities will be carried out by a large and diverse supply chain overseen by a project team. The Commercial function within the HPC Project Team is responsible for the placement and management of all of the contracts required to construct and commission the plant. This includes pre-contract procurement activities; managing tendering processes; contract negotiations and subsequent post contract commercial management.

Requirements

You will require:

  • A National Certificate/Diploma in a business related programme with a merit profile, or
  • A National Certificate/Diploma in a construction/engineering discipline with a merit profile, or
  • A Levels, equivalent to 120 UCAS points
  • Applicants will usually also require at least 4 GCSE passes (at grade C or above), including Maths and English or their Level 2 equivalents
  • In addition you will need to demonstrate enthusiasm for construction and commercial operations in the nuclear industry; be a fast learner and motivated; and be good at interacting with people at all levels and working within a team

Duration

5 years

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More detail

The HPC Commercial Apprenticeship Programme will instil all the qualities and skills required to kick-start your career as a commercial professional with EDF Energy and the HPC project. You will spend 5 years learning from experts as part of the apprenticeship and, as well as getting valuable real world experience, you will study for a university level qualification. You can expect on-the-job training, classroom learning and the kind of practical experience you simply can’t get on a university campus. Real work, earning real money, with real career prospects. During the apprenticeship you’ll also be working towards attaining membership of a professional body, which demonstrates to the supply chain and peers that you work to the highest professional and ethical standards. With our support you’ll study for a Construction and the Built Environment HND at Bridgwater & Taunton College and then a Construction and Quantity Surveying Degree at University of the West of England (UWE). Please note, due changes being introduced by UK Government the apprenticeship may be delivered against a different standard, which could change the delivery timetable.

At the end of the apprenticeship you will move into a permanent role in the Commercial team with responsibility for managing your own portfolio of contracts. As your career develops there will be opportunities to progress further within HPC Commercial team or you could explore opportunities across the wider Nuclear New Build project portfolio or within other areas of EDF Energy.

EDF Energy is the majority shareholder in the HPC project and, if you become a Commercial Apprentice, you will be employed by EDF Energy. EDF Energy is the UK subsidiary of the EDF Group, one of the largest energy companies in Europe with interests worldwide, including the US and China. 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. The nuclear power stations we plan to build will be the first in a new generation. So a career in this area is a truly unique opportunity – an opportunity to be at the forefront of new nuclear, and to enjoy a long and fruitful career helping us deliver the first nuclear power stations in the UK for twenty years. The first station to be built will be Hinkley Point C, Somerset, sited next to Hinkley Point A and B stations. This will be followed by two new reactors at Sizewell C in Suffolk. These are amongst the biggest construction projects in Europe and they offer the chance to gain invaluable experience working with the latest reactor technology.

What's in it for you?

As you learn and develop on the apprenticeship scheme, you’ll be taking home a salary which will grow as you gain more experience. Basic pay starts from £13,900 in the first year, and will increase each year. You will also receive travel support for journeys to/from Bridgwater & Taunton College and University West of England. As well as salary, all of our apprentices are entitled to join the EDF Energy defined benefits pension scheme; receive 25 days holiday, with an additional 8 public holidays; have access to a range of flexible benefits; and benefit from excellent career development opportunities.

Case Study

Pearl Cardiff was one of the first apprentices to join the Commercial Apprenticeship scheme in September 2016.  Below Pearl shares her experience so far:

What inspired you to apply for EDF Energy’s Commercial Apprenticeship Scheme?

The Commercial Apprenticeship scheme is a great way to gain ‘real life’ experience in the commercial industry whilst studying for advanced qualifications to further my career in this sector. It was an alternate option to university for me, however I will now receive a degree which is fully funded by EDF whilst earning at the same time.

How do you feel about being part of the first intake of this new scheme?

It is a privilege to be part of the first intake on the new scheme as it opens the door to an exciting and innovative career as a commercial professional. Working on such an extensive project such as Hinkley Point C is not only a unique opportunity but a motivating one too.This is one of the biggest construction projects in Europe and offers the chance to gain invaluable experience working with the latest reactor technology.

What does a typical college day and on site day look like for you?

When I am at college I am might be studying in a classroom based environment at EDF Energy’s state of the art training facility, Cannington Court, located in Bridgwater or I could be at Bridgwater & Taunton College’s Construction and Innovation Skills Centre where the environment is both classroom and outdoor based.  At the Skills Centre there is a mock construction site to demonstrate what has been taught and to view different pieces of equipment and how a construction site functions.

On days when I am on site at the Bridgwater House office I spend time shadowing my line manager in meetings and assisting with work within the department as well as completing college assignments.

What do you enjoy most about studying at college whilst gaining hands-on experience on site?

Studying whilst gaining hands-on experience gives you a broad experience, developing knowledge and insight that can help further your career. That rounded experience can’t be gained from a classroom alone.

Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about applying to this scheme?

To be enthusiastic and excited about the project, be yourself  in the interview, and show off your potential.

Applications

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Applications open
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Applications are now open.