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.


  • Five GCSEs at Grade C or above (or Grade 4 and above in the new GCSE grading structure), National 5 or equivalent, including Maths, English and 2 of either Science, Technical or Engineering subjects
  • You’ll also need a talent for practical subjects
  • Desire to learn and develop your skills
  • Willingness to relocate as required


4 years

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More detail

Our Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship Scheme is a four-year programme which focuses on the skills required to maintain our power stations.  As well as the technical skills, we will also help you develop the attitudes and behaviours essential to the safe operation of our power stations. Upon completion, you’ll be awarded a Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Certificate, you’ll also have attained a BTEC Level 3, with the potential for further education such as a HNC.

The programme runs for four years, the first two of which are based at the National College for Nuclear, delivered through Bridgwater and Taunton College, Somerset. 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 were many opportunities available for me and many routes I could follow to develop my career, including the possibility of further education.”

Amy Marchment, Engineering Maintenance Apprentice Graduate

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.

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Discover what it’s like to be an Apprentice at our Dungeness power station. Kat Martin shares her experiences of on the job training, working with her fellow apprentices and how she has progressed in her career to date.

Training and development

Years One and Two

Based at the National College for Nuclear Southern Hub, Somerset, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art nuclear training facilities including: a virtual reality environment; a reactor simulator; computer-equipped training rooms; recreation and collaboration spaces; sports facilities and student accommodation.  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 Three and Four

You’ll return to your base location and join the Maintenance team at the 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 power station.

Upon completion of your apprenticeship, you’ll be awarded a Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Certificate. By this point, you’ll also have gained a BTEC 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 further education such as a HNC.

At the end of the four years, and as long as you fulfil all the requirements of the programme, we expect you to be appointed to a full time role within the organisation.

Where you'll be based

This apprenticeship will see you spend a total of four years at two very different locations.

Before you head down to the National College for Nuclear, you’ll have a week of team building, which will allow you to get to know the other apprentices and meet the new people you’ll be living and working with.

The National College for Nuclear is designed for the needs of today’s students. As well as state of the art training technology there’s a fully equipped restaurant area and communal spaces, including sports facilities. All meals and accommodation are provided during this time, along with a number of paid journeys home.

There’s also twenty-four hour, seven-day a week, warden cover to deal with any day to day issues you may have and to support you through your first two years away from home.  

Bridgwater College

Dungeness Power Station

Hartlepool Power Station

Heysham 1 & 2 Power Stations

Hunterston Power Station

Power station - Torness

Torness is a nuclear power station on the east coast of Scotland, 33 miles east of Edinburgh. It is capable of supplying electricity over 2 million UK homes.

Sizewell Power Station

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 £ 11,200 in the first year and will increase each year up to approximately £21,200 by year four. In your first two years, we’ll also pay for your accommodation and meals, as well as a number of paid return journeys home.

You’ll receive a generous holiday allowance and enjoy an impressive range of company benefits, just like the rest of the team.


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