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


16 months

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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 tea

ch 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.

Institute of Chemical Engineers logo


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.

Usman Khan - Chemical Engineering Graduate Scheme

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.


You’ll be given a base location at the start of the Graduate Programme, but expect to move at least a couple of times during your training. It's worth noting that during attachments, you will be expected to secure and fund your own short-term accommodation, supported by your relocation allowance.

As a Chemical Engineer you could work in the below locations. On top of this, you might be given the opportunity to undertake attachments in other locations; such as our Coal and Gas fired power stations at Cottam and West Burton (both in Nottinghamshire), or with our Nuclear New Build business in Gloucester, Bristol, London or Hinkley Point.

Barnwood Nuclear Generation


Dungeness Power Station

Hartlepool Power Station

Heysham 1 & 2 Power Stations

Hunterston Power Station

Power station - Hinkley Point B

Hinkley Point B is a nuclear power station near Bridgwater in Somerset. The station was the first Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor to generate electricity to the grid in the UK.

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


We have filled requirements via our sponsored student pipeline.

Applications closed

We have filled requirements via our sponsored student pipeline.