This programme will see you build your knowledge of all parts of our Generation and Nuclear New Build business, with support and training to take care of every aspect of your professional and personal development.
- 2:1 Bachelor’s Degree or a 2:2 Postgraduate Degree in Chemical Engineering or an associated subject
- Willingness to relocate as required
- Desire to learn and develop your skills
We have filled requirements via our sponsored student pipeline.
You will be aware of the role that you will be taking up permanently in the organisation ahead of joining the graduate scheme. We will work with you to identify the department that best suits your skills and interest areas, and also the location where you will be based.
Once you get started you will spend the first 3 months of your graduate scheme based at your home location, getting to know your new team. This time will be interspersed with periods of residential training at our training centre near Gloucester. The next 8 months of your programme will be spent rotating around our Central Technical Organisation, Station Engineering, Operations, Maintenance and Technical & Safety functions, so you’ll see how everything fits together. During this time you will have the support of your line manager, a recent graduate buddy and a qualified Chemical Engineering technical mentor.
When you’ve completed your initial 11 months’ training, you‘ll spend the final 5 months of the programme back in your home department, getting more experience and developing your skills ready to take on your permanent role. Once this period is complete you will take up a substantive role within this business area.
By the end of it, you’ll be ready to embark on a range of uniquely rewarding Chemical Engineering careers – and well on the way to Chartership with the Institution of Chemical Engineering (IChemE).
Our industry’s evolving fast and moving in many new directions. On this Graduate Programme we’ll teach you the basics over 16 months and then we’ll work together to decide where you want to make your mark, before letting you loose on one of the major challenges of our lifetime – shaping the energy industry of the future.
We’re proud to say this Graduate Programme is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) - a valuable seal of approval for your pathway to becoming a Chartered Chemical Engineer.
At the end of the Graduate Scheme you’ll take up a full time role in your home department – building on the skills you have developed during your graduate programme. Once your initial Graduate Programme is complete, the learning opportunities and mentoring don’t stop – not by a long shot.
You could be building a chemical engineering career in one of many areas of our nuclear business, from applying your expertise at one of our current UK or French Power Stations to working on Feed & Cooling Water Systems at our engineering support centre in Barnwood.
By now you should be ready to move up into a more technically advanced role and possibly take on some supervisory responsibilities.
Whether a technical specialist or a manager, by this point you’ll be able to apply your experience in numerous parts of the EDF Group – in nuclear and beyond, at home or abroad. Plus, providing you’ve put the work in along the way, you should be well on your way to becoming IChemE chartered.
Our starting salary for Engineering and Science graduates is £27,500, increasing with qualification level. And we have plenty of other ways of letting you know how much we appreciate all your hard work.
Your salary will be reviewed as your skills and experience develop
Join our pension scheme
Perform well and boost your earnings annually
Help managing the cost of moving between attachments and into a new role at the end of the Graduate Programme
The breadth of learning opportunities on offer during the Graduate Programme is astonishing. First and foremost, there’s a host of top-quality technical training to underscore what you learn on the job. The knowledge and experience you gain at this stage will set you on your way towards IChemE chartership, under the watchful eye of your chemical engineering mentor.
Alongside technical knowhow, there’s a huge amount to learn about the business side of things. Hence our core financial and commercial awareness training programmes – which will also help you transition into a full time role at the end of the programme.
To get the best from our training, you'll need to be flexible about your location and ready to move from one place to another. You'll undertake six attachments during the course of the graduate scheme, in a minimum of three different locations. During the first six months of the programme (September - March), you'll be assigned a base location at one of our nuclear power stations. We’ll endeavour to ensure that your first two attachments are at this base location. These attachments will be interspersed with residential training at our Central Technical Office at Barnwood. From March onwards, you'll have the chance to work at four different locations, with each attachment lasting between six weeks and two months. While you're on your way to becoming an expert engineer in your own right, you’ll also be trained up as a STEM Ambassador so that you can inspire the next generation of chemical engineers at STEM events nationwide. This will form part of your wider leadership training, and support with building and developing your own career.
Whilst studying Chemical Engineering at university I specialised in Nuclear Power and so EDF Energy’s Chemical Engineering Graduate Scheme was an obvious choice. The scheme being accredited by the IChemE was a bonus as it makes the process of getting chartered easier. Also, the opportunity to travel around the UK and even work in France really appealed to me.
Being able to see a nuclear power station first-hand and all the various bits of plant equipment that make it run is a real eye opener. Many people know the core systems that compose a power station but the number of additional support systems that are required to maintain safe, reliable operation is surprising. I’ve enjoyed learning about the plant systems on training courses and then going back to site and getting involved with teams carrying out important tasks on the plant.
The nuclear industry is large and complex with hundreds of workers on each power station. To succeed on the scheme you will need to know how to work well with others in cross-discipline teams. A willingness to learn is also key, due to the vast number of plant systems and wide range of technical challenges encountered on a daily basis. No one person knows everything that goes on at a nuclear power station so speak to as many people as you can and always remember that if you are unsure then ask! There are no silly questions, especially when it comes to nuclear.
The number one tip I can give to anyone embarking on the scheme is to have a flexible approach and be willing to get involved with as many projects as possible. The assignments on the Graduate Scheme will fly by as there is a lot to learn in each department. There is always something interesting going on and it’s up to you to get stuck in and make the most of your time on the scheme. The contacts you develop in one department or site can certainly help you further along your career.
It’s rigorous, but totally fair – a chance for us to get to know each other. We want to find out whether you’ve got the skills and outlook to be the future of energy. You'll have a chance to see whether we’re the perfect home for your talents.
When you’ve chosen the right scheme for you, start by registering online and completing our application form. We will ask you for some key information such as contact details, qualifications, work experience and your motivation for applying to EDF Energy. You'll have the chance to explain to us why you want a career with EDF Energy – so please be as clear and specific about this as you can.
Our recruitment team will need to verify the information you give us in order to progress your application, so please answer truthfully, accurately and fully. Please also note that we can’t accept CVs alone.
If we like the look of your application, we’ll ask you to complete an online situational strengths test. This assessment will give you the opportunity to show us where your strengths lie when faced with a variety of work situations and will also give you an insight into the type of work our graduates get involved in.
In the next stage of our process we will ask you to complete an online numerical reasoning test. Bear in mind that you might find yourself taking this test again under more controlled conditions as part of our assessment centres, so this is good preparation for you as well as being insightful for us.
It’s not always easy to convey your best qualities and experiences in an online form. Get through the online stages and you’ll have the chance to tell us more about yourself during a short telephone interview. As well as giving more evidence of the skills and qualities we’re looking for, you’ll be able to show us you’ve given careful thought to your career choice.
Impress us over the phone and you’ll be invited to our assessment centre. Here you’ll take part in various exercises designed to show us whether you have the behaviours and ability to be a hit on our Graduate Programmes or Industrial Placements. We’ll get to see how well you approach tasks, deal with issues and work with others. You’ll get to learn more about us, our culture, our people and our programmes. You'll also have the opportunity to demonstrate your technical knowledge and capability at interview stage.
If everything goes well through these stages, we’ll make you an offer as soon as possible after the assessment centre. If you accept, congratulations on the official start of a very exciting and rewarding career with EDF Energy.
We’ll keep in touch throughout the summer months to make sure you’ve got all the information you need to prepare to start your programme. We’ll also invite you to a range of events where you can meet other new starters and get a feel for life at EDF Energy.
We have filled requirements via our sponsored student pipeline.