Overview

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.

Requirements

  • 2:1 Bachelor’s Degree or a 2:2 Postgraduate Degree in Electronic/Electrical Engineering, Control & Instrumentation, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Mathematics, Nuclear Engineering or Applied Science
  • Willingness to relocate as required
  • Desire to learn and develop your skills

Duration

16 months

Applications open
Apply now

Applications are now open and will close at midnight on the 16th December 2016.

More detail

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 Electrical and C&I 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 Electrical and C&I Engineering careers – and well on the way to Chartership with the IET.

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 IET - a valuable seal of approval for your pathway to becoming a Chartered Electrical and C&I Engineer.

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Eusebius Omeife - Electrical and C&I Engineering Graduate Scheme

A typical day is a busy day and always ends in fun. You might be troubleshooting around the plant, looking into lifetime extensions, and reviewing documents and test scripts. Then, at the end of the day, you'll catch up with colleagues and review what's happened. At EDF Energy, people are always ready to share experiences and learn from each other. One of the benefits of the graduate programme is the opportunity to build a broad picture of the business. Every five or six weeks you move on, meet a new team and build more contacts. It is challenging: you have to learn how things work, win the trust of colleagues and contribute to the business, all in a very short period. For me there's been the added challenge – and enjoyment – of immersing myself in British culture. I came from Nigeria to study and, when I applied to EDF Energy as an overseas candidate, they helped me understand the visa process and the issues I might encounter. One of my proudest achievements is working with commissioning engineers to replace the data processing system at Dungeness B power station. Experiences like that have really helped me expand my technical expertise, but the opportunity to develop my team-working skills has been just as important. Formal training is matched by informal guidance and mentoring. If you have passion for what you do, people will hear about you and offer you the support you need.

Training

The breadth of learning opportunities on offer during the 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 IET Chartership, under the watchful eye of your electrical or C&I engineering mentor.

Alongside technical know-how, 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 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 a further two or more different locations, with each attachment lasting between six weeks and two months. While you're on your way to becoming an Professional Engineer in your own right, you’ll also be trained up as a STEM Ambassador so that you can inspire the next generation of engineers at STEM events nationwide. This role will develop your wider leadership skills while building and developing your own career.

Applying

Applications open early September.

We receive a large volume of applications to our Graduate Schemes each year and whilst we aim to consider everyone, our approach is to review and consider applications in the order that they are received. We may close some schemes earlier than the deadline of 16th December 2016 if we receive a large number of applications and therefore we would encourage candidates to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Applications open
Apply now

Applications are now open and will close at midnight on the 16th December 2016.