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 Chemistry 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 Chemist and 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 Chemistry careers – and well on the way to Chartership with the RSC.

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 RSC - a valuable seal of approval for your pathway to becoming a Chartered Chemist.

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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 RSC chartership, under the watchful eye of your chemistry 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 to 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 programme, 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 chemists at STEM events nationwide. This will form part of your wider leadership training, and support with building and developing your own career.

Harry Greenwood – Chemistry Graduate Scheme

I chose the Chemistry Graduate scheme at EDF Energy because I realised that it would be a fantastic chance to see the application of chemistry in a completely unique environment and it’s true that being a chemist here doesn’t just mean working in a lab or balancing equations. As a Chemistry Engineer, you develop areas of expertise though training and experience. Each team member is allocated roles based on these, however we are always learning new skills which means each person is improving their knowledge on a daily basis.

One of the perks of the Programme for me is getting to experience new places; from working at the technical headquarters in Gloucester, to having meetings in London and Paris, or working at Torness Nuclear power station in Scotland.

One of my big motivators is being part of such an important workplace, which is something I never thought I was capable of. At Torness station we provide energy to around 2 million homes in the UK, and my team is crucial to ensuring this is done reliably and safely every day. After that it’s all about improving my understanding; not just nuclear power technology, but how the industry and company works. EDF Energy is a massive company and the graduate scheme helped me to understand where I would best fit. During my time on the scheme I’ve made lots of contacts, plus working with so many different teams will show you how to effectively communicate, deliver, and earn respect from colleagues.

There have been many highlights for me during the Graduate Scheme, however the one that sticks out is when I took minutes at a high level meeting in London with the government office for nuclear regulation (ONR). Experiences like this will give you the confidence you need later on in your career, and show you what is within your reach.


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 Chemist at EDF Energy 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.